The Shinra Headquarters (神羅ビル, Shinra Biru?), also known as Shinra Building, is the head office of the Shinra Electric Power Company in Final Fantasy VII. The most dominating sight in the Midgar skyline, this building is the staging ground of many of the major events in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.
In addition to housing the headless body of Jenova after the Nibelheim Incident, all of the company's department heads maintain their offices here. It acts as the army headquarters and nearly all of Shinra's scientific research.
The city entrance to the building is located in Midgar's Sector 0. Only two methods of reaching the building exist during Final Fantasy VII - climbing up from Wall Market during disc 1, or through the underground rail passage on disc 2. Regular civilians are permitted to enter the lobby, where two mirror-image staircases lead up to an elevator shaft.
The ground floor houses a help desk, a directory-like information panel, and doorways to the Exhibit Room. On the entrance's upper level, several bistro tables sit for guests. In Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, a woman stands in the lobby, handing out Potions for a small fee to guests (free for Shinra employees). During Final Fantasy VII, the player is given two choices of entering the building: either sneaking in via the fire-escape stairway, or frontal assault on the building's entrance.
The Shinra Headquarters consists of no fewer than 70 floors with all floors above 59 requiring special clearance in the form of keycards. Generally only Shinra employees are permitted on the elevator to floors higher than the entrance level and Exhibit Room.
The headquarters has a number of basement levels, visited during the course of side missions in Crisis Core and the main plot of Dirge of Cerberus. They consist of a network of steel corridors twisting through the plate interior.
The first three floors consist of the entryway and shopping area. The front desks and two elevators that access all floors of the building are situated in the foyer. Through doors on either side of the front desk is an Exhibit Room displaying vehicle models designed by the Shinra Inc., including the Hardy-Daytona motorcycle and a photo of the airship Highwind.
Sometime before Final Fantasy VII the partition was removed, and the entrance foyer and the Exhibit Room were merged into one. Cloud and the party steal vehicles from the room before breaking out of the building. President Shinra's private entrance to Deepground is also located here, concealed beneath a display platform.
On the second floor is the Shinra item shop, which includes a video screen that showcases various Shinra products, including automobiles. The third floor has little except a set of elevators that grant access to the 59th floor, which it shares in common with the second floor.
Floor 45 first appeared in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- in "Special Episode of Reno". It appears to serve as the buildings archives, where all the important documents are kept. It is here that Dr. Hollander steals some classified documents, which Reno and Rude are sent to investigate.
Introduced in Crisis Core, this floor is known as the "SOLDIER Floor". Located on this floor are the SOLDIER Training Room, Materia development room, known as Materia Room, mission Briefing Room and a lounge area for off-duty SOLDIER operatives.
The Training Room activates a holographic image of a pre-programmed surrounding, complete with digital enemies to fight. Health experts also train and supervise the Mako-enhanced SOLDIER members. The floor's residents get free equipment from the company for missions and sign up for extra missions in the Briefing Room antechamber.
This floor holds the SOLDIER Director's office. Although it is never openly stated, the Director's office is known to be on this floor since "Floor 51" is printed on a wall within the office. The office holds the Director's work station as well as a small library. The floor is accessible at will by SOLDIER 1st Class members, and is used by Sephiroth after Director Lazard Deusericus goes missing.
A mundane, open area that has two sets of elevators (one leading back down to the bottom floors, the other that allows access to the higher floors) and access to the stairway. From this floor on, special keycards are required to ascend the building.
A sort of "buffer" floor under heavy guard during the time of Final Fantasy VII. It is unknown if this floor was ever used for any other purpose. During the game Cloud and friends have to sneak past unnoticed and getting spotted ends in a battle, after which the player has to try again from the beginning of the floor. If the party get caught four times they dispose of all the soldiers.
A break area made for Shinra employees. Features numerous tables and a large tree in the center of the area.
- See #Mayor Domino's Password for the solution to the Mayor's puzzle.
The Midgar government offices and Shinra research library are located on this floor. The library is separated into four rooms each of which is categorized by one area of research conducted by Shinra. Mayor Domino's office is in this floor, but he is just a powerless figurehead in the Midgar/Shinra structure, and actually decides to help the party by giving them his keycard, and an Elemental Materia if they solve his puzzle.
Floor 63 is a storage area containing many rooms. Access to these rooms is done through a security process that allows a single person to enter.
In Final Fantasy VII the player can get up to three items from this area on disc 1. To get the items, the player must open the first door on the top and the third door from the right, get into the first room and grab the Coupon A. To get to the other room the player has to climb into the air duct to grab the Coupon B. After this the player can open the door blocking the middle room to get Coupon C. The computer in the room allows the player to exchange the coupons for these items: Star Pendant, a Four Slots, and an All Materia.
When visiting Shinra Headquarters in disc 2, the player can find the Grow Lance for Cid Highwind from this room. Curiously, the room in disc 2 also contains dummied out treasures in the other rooms, which can only be found by modding the game. The other is two Megalixirs (although the game incorrectly identifies the treasure as an All Materia), and the other is two Hourglasses.
The Shinra company recreational area includes a gym, locker room, showers, restrooms, and a rest area for employees. The player party can find interesting items in the lockers (Ether and Phoenix down) and vending machines, run on the treadmill and rest for free. During the raid on Disc 2 the player can find Cait Sith's ultimate weapon here in the locker area. It can be found earlier, but Cloud will disregard it and it will not be obtained.
The major feature of this area is the scale replica of Midgar, perhaps suggesting it is the headquarters of the Urban Development department. The floor is a large puzzle, where players must find the missing pieces of the Midgar model to open up the door to the next floor.
This floor contains the Shinra executive offices and meeting room. The only other known restroom in the building is in this floor, aside from Floor 64.
Floor 67 is the Shinra science department headquarters. Once headed by Professor Gast Faremis, and later by Professor Hojo, many primary experiments for important studies, and some studies themselves, are carried out here. Several prison cells occupy the floor. There is also a specimen containment unit, which houses Jenova's headless body, an office for data storage, and elevators for personnel and specimen transport.
The 68th floor houses the science department's main laboratory. There is a specimen containment unit and a control room. Access to floor 69 is only possible by passing through three security fields. Zack meets Professor Hojo in Floor 68 in Crisis Core, who seems unconcerned with the attack, and continues his work.
This is yet another foyer area, and also an office space. Only the highest Shinra officials can gain access to this floor as there is no separation of the 69th and 70th floors by a security device.
The topmost floor of the Shinra building houses the company president's personal office. It is decorated with red carpeting. There is an access door to an open air balcony that overlooks the city of Midgar.
Though but a man-made structure, Shinra Headquarters nevertheless plays an integral role in many of the events in Final Fantasy VII.
In Episode 10 of Before Crisis, AVALANCHE, a ruthless terrorist organization out to destroy Shinra no matter the cost, infiltrates the building and releases monsters from Professor Hojo's laboratory. Because the monster research is highly classified, SOLDIER cannot be used, and the Turks are called in.
Fuhito, a commander of AVALANCHE, uses the monster infestation as a diversion for him to visit his hero, the fellow mad scientist Hojo. Fuhito wants to show off his creation, the modified SOLDIERs known as the Ravens. Hojo is more than willing to betray Shinra and join with AVALANCHE - caring for nothing more than his research, but he is "rescued" by Sephiroth.
In Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Shinra Headquarters serves as the player's "home base". During the game events the Headquarters is still under construction. Zack Fair is given assignments, and challenges at the Building, which also has virtual training areas. Genesis, Angeal and Sephiroth use the training room during a brief flashback to the times when the three of them were close friends. The building is attacked by Genesis's Copies in Chapter 4; however, the amount of damage inflicted is minimal.
Four years later, the Shinra Headquarters is the target of a second AVALANCHE's rescue attempt of Aeris. As they head up the floors, they overhear a Shinra executives' staff meeting where President Shinra announces that Sector 7 will not be rebuilt, as the old city of Midgar will be abandoned to make way for Neo Midgar to be built in the fabled Promised Land, hoping for Aeris to lead the way.
Professor Hojo tells him that Aeris's lifespan is too short to be of use to Shinra; instead, he plans on breeding her with his other sample, the near-immortal Red XIII. Cloud and his party follow Hojo up to his lab, and along the way see Jenova encased in a pod. They attack and free both Aeris and Red XIII, but as they try to escape, Rude captures them on the elevator.
The team is imprisoned in the 67th floor jail cells. Not long after does the team find themselves freed in a monster infested building following a path of blood leading from Jenova's containment pod to the 70th floor office. Upon their arrival, they discover the President murdered by Sephiroth, as is evidenced by the Masamune sticking out of the corpse and Palmer's testimony. Rufus Shinra usurps his father's position and on the balcony engages Cloud in combat with the aid of his pet, Dark Nation.
After being defeated, Rufus summarily retreats by helicopter. Cloud meets up with Tifa afterwards, and the two escape the building to rejoin Barret, Aeris, and Red XIII, who have had their own battle with the Shinra's Heli Gunner in the elevators. The group makes their escape in various vehicles -- Cloud on a motorcycle and Barret, Tifa, Aeris, and Red XIII in a truck.
Later in the story, Shinra becomes the major staging ground for Rufus's assault against Sephiroth in the Northern Cave inside the North Crater. With the Sister Ray relocated to Midgar so that it may be powered by the city's seven remaining Mako Reactors, AVALANCHE once again begins an assault on the city to stop Hojo from destroying Midgar. The cannon fires and manages to impact the barrier surrounding Sephiroth while simultaneously destroying the Diamond Weapon. Unfortunately, just a moment before its destruction, a barrage of energy is unleashed by the Weapon that destroys the Shinra Headquarters' upper levels.
The headquarters makes few appearances in the film. It is mostly seen as a defunct ruin from the distance of the city of Edge. The building does make use of itself as a weapon for Sephiroth against Cloud; Sephiroth cuts off large chunks of the building's debris and sends them hurtling down toward Cloud, making for one of the more intense (if short) action sequences in the film.
In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete, the building takes a larger role in the battle: Cloud and Sephiroth find themselves locked in combat in the top floor of Shinra Building (the presidential office), though it is only identifiable by its luxurious carpeting. Aside for the absence of the iconic presidential desk, the office lacks any sign of Diamond Weapon's attack.
The Shinra Headquarters is Deepground's home base during the battle between them and the World Regenesis Organization. The building is also the only way of access into Deepground. Vincent Valentine ends up at its remains after he defeats Rosso the Crimson, and must go through President Shinra's private entrance through to the Headquarters' basement.
Eventually making his way through the corridors, Vincent takes a lift down to the building's lower areas where secret research was carried out, and also where the top-secret Deepground files are. At this time, there are many crystals and Materia in display cases. During his time collecting these files and making his way through countless Deepground soldiers, Vincent faces off one final time against Azul the Cerulean on the lift before arriving in Deepground.
Final Fantasy VIIEdit
Entering Shinra HeadquartersEdit
When entering the building the player has two options: either to go through the main entrance, or via the staircase at the back. Barret wants to go through the doors, but Tifa prefers the sneaky route. If the player takes the stairs, they come out at the 59th floor. The stairs have no random encounters, and the fifth set of stairs has an Elixir.
If the player goes through the main entrance they will have to fight set battles and make their way to the elevators. When taking an elevator the player must fight battles until they reach Floor 59. The elevator always starts at Floor 6 and when Cloud presses a button it will advance 7-15 floors; the chance for it to advance 7-13 floors is 12.5%, and the chance for it to advance 14 or 15 floors is smaller, at 6.25%. Usually the player encounters 4-5 battles in the elevator and the enemies depend on which floor the player ends up in. In the floors 29, 38, 47 and 56 there is no battle, but the party runs into a Shinra employee instead.
|13||2x Grenade Combatant|
|14||3x Grenade Combatant|
|16||2x Mighty Grunt|
|17||2x Grenade Combatant|
|18||3x Grenade Combatant|
|20||2x Mighty Grunt|
|21||3x Grenade Combatant|
|22||2x Mighty Grunt|
|23||2x Grenade Combatant|
|24||2x Mighty Grunt|
|26||2x Grenade Combatant|
|27||3x Grenade Combatant|
|32||2x Sword Dance|
|36||2x Sword Dance|
|40||2x Sword Dance|
|46||2x Sword Dance|
|54||2x Sword Dance|
|55||2x Sword Dance|
Turtle's Paradise FlyerEdit
- See also: Wutai Village#Bar (Turtle's Paradise)
Turtle's Paradise #2 is found in the first floor on a bulletin. There are two chances to read it: During the first visit, and during the return when the party parachutes back into Midgar.
Mayor Domino's PasswordEdit
In Floor 62 Mayor Domino offers the party to guess the word he is thinking to get his keycard, a puzzle which is solvable with clues found in the library. If the player guesses correctly on the first try, Domino gives an Elemental Materia along with the keycard. If the player guesses the password on the second try, they get an Elixir, on the third time they get an Ether, on the fourth try a Potion, and if it takes more than four guesses to get the password, the player gets no item reward, just the keycard. In the English and Japanese versions one of four passwords is randomly chosen each game, although ORBS and HOJO are never the correct answer. In other localizations MAKO is always the correct answer.
The Mayor has moved books into sections in which they do not belong, in a vindictive if pretty harmless attempt at vandalism. All of the books, including the misplaced ones, have a number before the title; together, the number and title give a single-letter clue. Given the example of a misplaced book called "5 Midgar City Map", the clue it would give would be "A", A being the 5th letter in the title.
Any of the following books are correctly placed in the "Urban Dev. Research Library"; if they are found elsewhere, they are clues.
- An illustrated guide to City Planning
- Midgar City Map: Sectors 0-4
- Midgar City map: Sectors 5-8
- New plans for Urban Planning
- Problems with Plate construction in Midgar
- Reactor Construction Chart
Any of the following books are correctly placed in the "Scientific Research Library"; if they are found elsewhere, they are clues.
- Data on experimental animals living near Midgar
- File on Dr. Gast, Biologist
- Final evolutionary stages in land dwelling life
- Mako energy and the rise in life forms
- Report on high Mako levels in living beings
- The Ancients in History
Any of the following books are correctly placed in the "Peace Preservation/Weapon Dev. Research Library"; if they are found elsewhere, they are clues.
- Breakdown of SOLDIER members by class
- Economic report: anti-Shinra activities
- Heidegger's Shinra peace keeping law
- Materia production and its military uses
- Plan for new land weapons
- Ranks and extended use of Mako weaponry
Any of the following books are correctly placed in the "Space Dev. Research Library"; if they are found elsewhere, they are clues.
- Diminishing Mako energy and Planet movements
- Economic report: Space Dev Program
- Modern history of Midgar space program vol. 1
- Modern history of Midgar space program vol. 2
- Results of the failed space mission "YA-79"
- Shinra rocket space travel
So with the full list, the task is easy. Without it, the puzzle is equivocal. Still solvable, if the player keeps a record of all the possible solutions, but by no means straightforward.
The fastest solution of all, suitable for speed playthroughs, is to memorize four titles and their corresponding solutions:
- 2 Economic report: Space Dev Program : BEST
- 1 Results of failed space mission "YA-79" : KING
- 1 Breakdown of SOLDIER members by class : BOMB
- 10 New plans for urban planning : MAKO
One of these is always found as the left book in the middle rack of the green shelves in the top right room: the 'Space Dev. Research Library'.
Alternatively, the player can simply run out of the building and save, run back to the 62nd floor, and reload and run back repeatedly to guess again at the answer.
ORBS and HOJO are never the correct answer.
Floor 63 - Exchanging Coupons for ItemsEdit
In this floor the player can collect three treasures. The computer in the lower right room grants access to open three doors and to get the items the player must open up the right combination of doors. The player should first walk all the way up around the right and go left and open the first door that blocks the hall. The player should continue left, and open the second door below, grab the 'A Coupon' from the room to the left, and enter the air duct. At the other end of the air duct the player can grab the 'B Coupon' and walk out and open the door to the last treasure, then crawl back in the air duct to exit.
- Main article: Date Mechanics
There are multiple points where the player can get affection points toward a date sequence in Gold Saucer later in the game. First is at the entrance where Cloud can favor either Barret's or Tifa's method of infiltrating the building (it doesn't matter which way the player ultimately chooses, only answer given to the dialogue option matters).
When the party first meets Red XIII the player can either assign Tifa or Barret to look after Aeris while the others fight a boss. If the player chooses Tifa she loses points, and if they choose Barret he will gain points. Once the party splits up, if either Barret, Aeris, or Tifa are in the party they get a small boost.
Later while imprisoned, the player can either cheer up Tifa or not (as many times as they want), and choose who to talk to first.
Returning to Shinra Headquarters in Disc 2Edit
In Disc 2 when the party parachutes back to Midgar, the player has an option of returning to Shinra Headquarters and pick up new items that were not available earlier. In the staircase the player can find the Behemoth Horn weapon for Red XIII, and the Elixir if it wasn't picked up earlier. The player has another chance to read the Turtle's Paradise flyer on the bulletin.
In the second floor item shop the player can pick up the Pile Banger and Master Fist weapons for Barret and Tifa. In 63rd floor the player can find the Glow Lance for Cid. In the 64th floor gym the vending machine gives a Mind Source and a Speed Source and Cait Sith's ultimate weapon, the HP Shout, is found in the lockers.
Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-Edit
Items in the lockerEdit
At the start of chapter Zack can inspect the locker in the SOLDIER Floor and find new items. If the player fails to collect an item from the locker before the end of chapter, the item will be lost.
Floor 67 - SP Recovery DevicesEdit
During Chapter 4 when Shinra Headquarters is being attacked by Genesis's forces, Zack can find Professor Hojo in his lab. There is a device in the room, the 'SP Recovery Device'. A counter initiates and shows the rhythm up to three whereupon the player must count down and press the button at 0. If timed correctly, the player can earn 10-100 SP. If not timed correctly, the player will lose 50 SP.
The sample tube in the middle will give several options and the player earns SP based on their answers.
|1st Question||Option 1 = 300 SP|
Option 2 = 100 SP
|2nd Question||Option 1 = 200 SP|
Option 2 = 400 SP
|3rd Question||Option 1 = 200 SP|
Option 2 = 300 SP
Floor 67 - Stealing KeysEdit
For this the player must have the Steal Materia equipped. The player must head down and battle the six Experiment No. 97s in the Cell Area. The player can steal a Key from each ad use the keys to open the six cells, which hold three treasure boxes per cell. There is a timer of three minutes which does not count during battles.
- The first cell has an Ether, a Silence Materia, and an ATK Up Materia.
- The second cell has a Cure Materia, 2000 gil, and 500 gil.
- The third cell has a Potion, an HP Up Materia, and a Blizzard Materia.
- The fourth cell has a Hi-Potion, 2 gil, and a Remedy.
- The fifth cell has a Fire Materia, a Potion, and a Hi-Potion.
- The sixth cell has a Soma, a Thunder Materia, and 3000 gil.
In Chapter 6 the player can play a squats minigame at the Training Room where the player must perform as many squats as possible within a time limit. This mimics the minigame played in Final Fantasy VII at the Wall Market, where Cloud is trying to win a wig off "Beautiful Bro". The most the player can do within the time limit is 68 squats.
The player must tap when Zack is going down. After five squats he will become faster, until he reaches max speed after gaining speed for three times. If the player misses one, their speed slows down again. The items obtained from the minigame are used to make a flower wagon for Aerith later. The player needs 21 squats for Shinra Lunch Cart Specs, 29 squats for Shinra Ceramic, 41 squats for Shinra Treads and 52 squats for Shinra Solder. Each opponent is faster than the one before.
Final Fantasy VIIEdit
|Phoenix Down||300 gil|
Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-Edit
- See also: Shop (Crisis Core)
In Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- shops can only be visited from the menu. Shinra Building Shop is available since the start of the game.
Final Fantasy VIIEdit
Outside Main DoorsEdit
Floor 67 (Before Capture)Edit
Floor 67 (After Capture)Edit
Floor 68 (Before Capture)Edit
- 2x Warning Board
- 3x Moth Slasher
- 3x SOLDIER:3rd
- 1x Moth Slasher, 2x SOLDIER:3rd
- 2x SOLDIER:3rd (Back-attack only)
- Sample:H0512, 3x Sample:H0512-opt (Boss)
Floor 68 (After Capture)Edit
- 1x Zenene
- 2x Vargid Police
- 1x Vargid Police, 1x Zenene
- 2x Brain Pod, 1x Zenene
- 2x Zenene (Back-attack only)
- 3x Vargid Police (Back-attack only)
Floor 70 (Outside)Edit
Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-Edit
The password guessing game is slightly different in the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VII, where instead of picking a word of four letters, the player picks a sentence, each made up of four kanji characters. In the English and Japanese versions the correct password is randomized, although ORBS and HOJO (and the corresponding sentences in the Japanese version) are never the correct answer. In the French, German or Spanish versions of Final Fantasy VII, however, MAKO is always the correct answer.
|So, what's the password?!||「合言葉は？」||So, what's the password?|
|Wait a second||ちょっと待ってくれ||Hold on a sec.|
Unused data salvaged from the game disc reveals that Mayor Domino's puzzle was originally going to be more difficult, with 256 different possible answers. In the original version, the player would have had to construct the entire sentence (or word in the overseas versions) themselves, instead of picking from six different options as given in the final game. Multiple different responses to wrong passwords are also found within the game data.
In this more difficult version, Hart, Domino's deputy, would have had the option of giving out the password if the player paid him 70,000 gil. In another discarded scenario, if the player were to ask Hart hints until he has no more hints to give, he would be so fed up with the player's hopelessness he would give the party his own key card. In this version, the hints would have been much more costly, the price going from 2,000 gil for the first hint, 5,000 for the second hint and 15,000 for the final hint; doing this would still have been cheaper than paying 70,000 up front for the password, but if the player were to get the key card from Hart they would miss out on the Elemental Materia from the mayor. If the player were then to tell the mayor they got the card from Hart, he would be disheartened and reveal his own key card also doesn't allow access beyond floor 65, so the player may as well use Hart's key card. In the final version, Hart will just repeat his last hint if the player pays him again after hearing all the hints.
Additionally, the game has some books that exist in the game data, but which cannot be read. Confusingly, some of them are available in English that weren't in Japanese, and vice versa, and there are also books that are missing from both versions. Interestingly, Gast's full name was mentioned in one of the books available in the Japanese version, but is never mentioned anywhere in the English version.
There is unused dialogue found in game data that would have taken place outside the Shinra Headquarters, before the party head in for the first time. Barret would suggest that Cloud knows the place well, to which Cloud would have answered it to be his first time there. Barret would then have said that he has been at the headquarters before, back when he still had both his hands. This bit was cut off the final game and nothing in the finished version suggests that Barret would have ever visited the Shinra Headquarters before.
|"Infiltrating Shinra" from Final Fantasy VII|
|Trouble with the audio sample?|
In Final Fantasy VII, the background music for the outside of the headquarters is "Shinra Company" (神羅カンパニー, Shinra Kanpanī?), and in the inside the music is "Infiltrating Shinra" (神羅ビル潜入, Shinra Biru Sennyū?). After Jenova escapes her capsule and the party escapes the prison, the background music switches to "Trail of Blood" (血の跡, Chi no Ato?) on the field and in the battle screen.