Final Fantasy 7 Remake Leveling Guide
Complete Sidequests and Battle Intel Reports
A good way to earn experience while going through the main story is to complete all currently available sidequests and Battle Intel reports. These reward experience, money, and equipment which will be useful as you encounter tougher enemies in the game.
|Mercenary Quests||Battle Reports|
Clear Battle Challenges
Battle Challenges, meanwhile, pit you against groups of enemies with increasing difficulty as you clear various challenge ranks. Battle Challenges can be accessed at Sector 6 Wall Market (Corneo Colosseum) and at Sector 0 Shinra Electric Power Company (Shinra VR Combat Simulator).
|Corneo Colosseum Battle Challenges||Shinra VR Combat Simulator|
Taking on any of the three-person challenges in either the Corneo Colosseum or Shinra Combat Simulator will allow you to level-up fast.
Use EXP Up Materia
Upon equipping the EXP Up materia, you will gain 100% increase in experience gain after winning battles. The EXP Up materia can be obtained by clearing the Three-Person Team vs Team Ragbag challenge in the Shinra VR Combat Simulator during Chapter 16.
Unlock Hard Mode and Chapter Select
After clearing the game on any difficulty, Hard Mode and Chapter Select will be unlocked. Winning battles while playing on Hard Mode gives you 3x the normal experience and 2x the normal AP. This makes it very useful for hitting the level 50 cap during the post-game stages.
A good area to grind experience for Cloud is at the S7-6 Annex at Sector 7 (Chapter 4). The wave of enemies that you face just before the duel against Roche lets you earn good amounts of experience while playing on Hard Mode. Roche himself is a relatively easy boss to take on multiple times.
The best area to farm experience, however, is at Chapter 16 on the parking lot route (past the bridge) going to Shinra headquarters. Enemies in the area consist of powerful Shinra enemies such as Elite Riot Troopers, 3-C SOLDIER Operators, and Guard Dogs. After reaching the glass door of the Shinra building, simply use Chapter Select to start Chapter 16 again.
This method is also recommended for farming AP after you have completed the main story.