Chapter 1: The Destruction of Mako Reactor 1
|Potion||Security Officers, Shinra Chests, Shinra Crate, Monodrives||Train Station, Utility Access, Reactor Core|
|Grenade||Shinra Chest||Train Station|
|Mako Shard||Shinra Crate||Utility Access, Reactor Core|
|Moogle Medal||Shinra Crate||Reactor Core|
|Phoenix Down||Shinra Chest||Reactor Core|
|Ether||Shinra Chest||Reactor Grounds, Reactor Core|
|Sector 1 Train Station||Security Officer|
|Mako Reactor Grounds||Security Officer, Guard Dog|
|Mako Reactor Interior||Sentry Ray, Monodrive, Sweeper, Shock Trooper|
|Mako Reactor Core||Monodrive, Sentry Ray, Scorpion Sentinel|
Sector 1 Train Station
|2||Defeat the security officers encountered. You can obtain EXP, gil, and potions by defeating them. (Use □ Button to attack, ○ Button to evade, and R1 Button to guard.)|
|3||Proceed upstairs and open the chest. (Hold △ Button to interact with objects.)|
|4||Approach the Avalanche team members at the doorway. You can trigger cutscenes by approaching them.|
Mako Reactor 1 Grounds
|5||Enter the doorway and defeat multiple security officers and guard dogs (Hold R3 Button to lock on targets. Swivel R3 Button or use L/R Directional Buttons to switch between multiple targets.)|
|6||Pick up a bottle of ether from a Shinra chest on the far left corner of the grounds. Then, Look for the Avalanche team members upstairs.|
|7||Fight another group of security offers and guard dogs while catching up to them.|
|8||Lift the lever to raise up the elevator leading to the T-intersection bridge.|
Mako Reactor 1 Interior
|10||Enter the security area and defeat security officers.|
|12||Barret joins your party. You can assign a Fire spell to Cloud and a Thunder spell to Barret through their command shortcuts. (Use L/R or U/D Directional Buttons to switch between party members. Use the L1 Button to setup abilities or spells. Use L2/R2 Buttons to issue commands to allies.)
Tip: Fire magic works well against human and “organic enemies” while Thunder is effective against machines.
|13||Switch to Barret to destroy Sentry Rays. Switch to Cloud when facing Monodrives.|
|14||Proceed downstairs and proceed to the pathway lead by Jessie. Make sure that you avoid getting hit by the lasers. (Use R1/R2 Button to dash or press L3 Button once to keep on dashing.)
Tip: Be careful of the fifth and last laser barriers as they have deceptive timing.
|15||Break crates to obtain a potion and a mako shard.|
|16||Go downstairs again and open a chest to obtain 2 potions.|
|17||Reach the lower dock and defeat a Sweeper. Assign Cloud (either in Operator or Punisher Mode) to deal a barrage of physical attacks to the Sweeper in order to stagger it. Then, make Barret use Thunder on it. (Don’t spend all of your MP on it.)
Tip: Use Cloud’s Focus Thrust and Barret’s Focus Shot to quickly fill-up the enemy’s Stagger gauge.
|18||Proceed to the Reactor Core entrance.|
Mako Reactor 1 Core
|19||Watch the cutscene.|
|20||Reach the reactor core by going down through steel ladders and platforms. Also, don’t forget to pick up items from the crates and chests encountered.|
|21||Defeat Monodrives and Sentry Rays on the first steel platform.|
|22||Head down to the first platform. Pick up a mako shard and a moogle medal from Shinra crates. Pick up a tuft of phoenix down from a Shinra chest.|
|23||Proceed to the second platform. Pick up a potion and another mako shard from the Shinra crates.|
|24||Go the third platform and defeat multiple Monodrives and a Sentry Ray.|
|25||Move to the fourth platform and battle four Monodrives. Don’t forget to acquire a bottle of ether from a Shinra chest near them.|
|26||Land on the last platform. Make sure Cloud and Barret’s HP and MP are fully recovered. Also, double-check if Cloud has a Fire spell and Barret has a Thunder spell in their respective command shortcuts.|
|27||Approach the Reactor Core. Set-up up timer by choosing between 20 minutes or 30 minutes. A boss battle against Scorpion Sentinel will follow afterwards.
Tip: The timer does not actually run during the fight, so you can set the bomb’s timer to whatever you like.
|28||After the cutscene, get ready to battle the Scorpion Sentinel. Don’t forget to use R3 Button to lock on the enemy boss and use potions or Cure to heal.|
|29||After defeating the Scorpion Sentinel, the detonation timer will activate. Before leaving the Core, make sure Cloud is fully healed.|
|30||Go back to the steel ladder and climb upwards. Run back on the same path and battle out remaining Monodrives along the way.|
|31||Watch cutscene and follow Jessie’s pathway. Don’t forget to pick up extra potions and mako shards from Shinra crates and chests encountered along the way.|
|32||Once you reach the reactor entrance, there will be a battle against security officers and monodrives. Then, another battle will occur against a lone sweeper at the lower dock.|
Return to Mako Reactor 1 Interior
|33||Head back to the Utility Access and reach the upper floor. Pick up items from crates and prepare for enemy encounters, including the Shock Troopers.|
|34||After reaching the upper floor, enter the elevator. Then, watch the cutscene.|
|35||Starting at the security area, dash towards the T-intersection bridge.|
|36||Watch multiple cutscenes.|
Boss Strategy for Scorpion Sentinel
Chapter 1’s boss battle revolves around recognizing the Scorpion Sentinel’s attacks and unique mechanics during each phase of the fight. Cloud will also regularly give advice on surviving against the boss, such as using debris for cover against its tail laser and attacking it with Thunder magic.
Arguably the most frustrating part of the fight is when the Scorpion Sentinel activates its Field Generator. This creates a powerful barrier around it that make it near impenetrable, as well as nullifying Thunder attacks against it. Focus all of your attacks on the Field Generator by locking-on to it and attacking with Abilities and Magic. Once the barrier is destroyed, you can get back to dealing damage to the boss itself.
If you find yourself struggling at just staying alive, you can try to use Cure magic instead of potions to heal yourself. MP regenerates slowly over time, so it is somewhat more cost-effective to cast healing magic instead of using items. You should, however, use items to prevent either Cloud or Barret from getting knocked out if you are still waiting for enough MP to cast Cure again.