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Sword Dance (Final Fantasy VII)

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Sword Dance is an enemy in Final Fantasy VII. They are fought in Shinra Headquarters and in the fourth round of the Battle Square before the player obtains the Tiny Bronco. They can also be fought during the return to Midgar near the end of the game, but at this point they are harmless. When fought in the Battle Square its stats are enhanced with double the normal HP and its Attack and Magic Attack are increased by 25%.


# Formation
425 Sword Dance
427 Sword Dance A, Sword Dance B
428 Sword Dance A, Sword Dance B, Sword Dance C
430 Sword Dance
431 Sword Dance


Shinra Building
Elevator 425 (event), 427 (event)
63f. 425, 427
65f. 425, 427, 428
Battle Square (before Tiny Bronco)
Group A - Battle 4 427
Group B - Battle 4 425, 428


Despite their bizarre appearance, they are actually among the weaker enemies encountered in Shinra Headquarters. Although Sword Dance has five attacks, it will only ever use three of them under normal circumstances; Sword Dance will never use the moves Gash and Spinning Cut. It has Bodyblow as standard physical attack. Its most noteworthy attacks are Sawback, which hits the entire party for minor damage, and Slap, which inflicts damage and may inflict Fury. Both its Bodyblow and Sawback attacks may be twice in one turn.

Sword Dance is one of the few enemies that have weaknesses and resistances to particular Status Attributes. In this case, it is weak to Confusion status abilities, so if attacked with this status ailment, it will take double damage.

AI scriptEdit

Start of battle

Declare SelectedTarget = random opponent

Declare SpecialChance = 5

Declare Count = Random[0..3]

If (Count == 0) OR (Count == 1) Then

Use Bodyblow on random opponent

If (Random[1..SpecialChance] == 1) Then

Use Bodyblow on random opponent

Count = Count + 1

Else If (Count == 3) Then

Use Sawback on all opponents

If (Random[1..SpecialChance] == 1) Then

Use Sawback on all opponents

Count = 0

Else If (Count == 3) Then
If (SelectedTarget is alive) Then

Use Slap on SelectedTarget

Count = 1

Counter - if attacked

SelectedTarget = last attacker

If (Self HP <= 1/2 * Self Max HP) AND (SpecialChance == 5) Then

SpecialChance = 3

Count = 3


SpecialChance = 5

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit


FFRK Sword Dance FFVII

Sword Dance from Final Fantasy VII appears as an enemy in Final Fantasy Record Keeper.



Sword dances are recorded from throughout world history. There are various traditions of solo and mock battle sword dances from Greece, the Middle East, Pakistan, India, China, Korea, England, Scotland and Japan. Many believe that sword dancing evolved from the early Chinese art of wu shu. The simple martial art became a military training technique with swords and spears and then turned into an elaborate acrobatic dance.

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