Final Fantasy 7 Remake Summons
What are Summons?
Summons are powerful beings that you can call forth in battle to attack enemies or bestow useful effects on your party. Many summons have affinities to certain elemental magic while some do not.
How to use Summons
Summons can be invoked by slotting summon materia on equipment slots. These are obtained throughout the main story and appear as red-colored materia in your inventory.
After equipping summon materia, a summon gauge indicated on the right side of the screen will gradually fill-up over time. When it is completely filled, a character in your party will be able to invoke the summon by expending one charge of their ATB gauge.
Summons do not have HP or MP indicators upon entering combat. This means that they cannot be knocked out by enemies and will remain active until their summon duration runs out.
Issuing Summon Commands
Summons will automatically attack enemies in battle, though they can be ordered to use summon abilities at the cost of ATB charges. Summon abilities have varying ATB charge costs, with the more powerful ones having requiring up to to ATB charges, similar to character abilities.
When a summon’s gauge has been depleted, it will use its Ultimate Attack before vanishing. This is akin to signature moves that may either be offensive or defensive in nature and have different effects.
When to use Summons
Summons mainly provide you with a temporary advantage during tough encounters, particularly boss fights. Since most summons have affinity to specific elemental magic, they can be invoked to exploit a boss’ elemental weakness.
Other summons have abilities to increase the party’s defense or resistance to certain types of damage. These summons are best used against enemies with no particular elemental weaknesses.
Where to Find Summon Materia
Summon materia are found throughout the game world. Some of them are acquired as part of the main story while others are obtained as exclusive bonuses or require you to meet certain conditions.
You can view a list of all obtainable summon materia and where to find them from the link below.