=============================================================================== K I N G D O M I I H E A R T S =============================================================================== KINGDOM HEARTS 2 SEPHIROTH GUIDE v1.5 BY: YOAQUIM "YOA" CINTRON © 2006 --------- CONTENTS --------- I. Introduction II.Version History III. Who is Sephiroth? IV. Why should I fight/defeat Sephiroth? V. What level, items and abilities should I have before I fight him? VI. Fighting Sephiroth a. Where to find Sephiroth b. Sephiroth's Data c. Sephiroth's Attacks d. *The Battle* e. Victory Rewards VII. Disclaimer VIII. Credits IX. Closing and Contact Information *** WARNING *** Contains very, very, very small spoiler(Section III) from the movie: "Final Fantasy: Advent Children", and smaller Kingdom Hearts spoiler. =============================================================================== I. INTRODUCTION - Welcome! This is my first faq/online guide, and I thought I'd make it about one of my favorite (if not THE favorite) characters: Sephiroth. I am a Final Fantasy mega fan, especially Final Fantasy VII (wich is my favorite) and of course, Kingdom Hearts. The faq is fairly short, but to the point and written in an easy format. If you find some errors in the faq reffering to boss data or anything similiar please email me; I will gladly look into it. Or if you simply want to make a suggestion, I welcome all of them. I hope you enjoy this guide as much as I enjoyed making it. =============================================================================== II. VERSION HISTORY - v1.0: Finished guide in early April/06. Available online as of July 4, 2006. v1.5: Started, finished and posted on July 8, 2006. Added the large note in Section VIII / UnderSection C. (Sephiroths Attack's). Also edited and reformed the abilities chart in Section V. Corrected some grammar errors, and made some design changes (ie: ++++ to >>>>). =============================================================================== III. WHO IS SEPHIROTH? - If your asking this question your either: A newbie to SquareEnix RPG's, are not that big an RPG fan, have just started playing RPG's, you have nightmares about him, or you just simply deny his existance because he's too cool; but to those who don't know I have included a section so you can learn a bit about this God-like figure...Sephiroth. Sephiroth is the main villain in SquareEnix's Greatest Hit Title: "Final Fantasy VII". He is Cloud's (main character of same game and pretty cool too) counterpart and they are eternal rivals. He was a former general in SOLDIER(a special army of the Shinra Comp.),but turned evil. He had an evil plot in FFVII, but Cloud and company stopped him. He also appears on the upcoming sequel movie "FFVII: Advent Children". He has long silver hair, a black costume/suit/coat (something in between), piercing green eyes, wields a long blade named "Masamune", and goes by the name of - "The One Winged Angel". If you want to find out more about him, feel free to email me(contact info on Sec. # IX). =============================================================================== IV. WHY SHOULD I FIGHT/DEFEAT SEPHIROTH? - Apart from the fact that: you will be considered a pretty good gamer, you get to BATTLE him (thats good enough), you can actually BEAT him (better), you'll be in great awe and amazement, the cutscenes after the battle are awesome, its SEPHIROTH - not your everyday bozo, he is beyond coolness, and its an incredible experience just to fight him; defeating Sephiroth gives you an extra Drive Gauge (+1), boosting the Drive gauge up to 7 gauges, and you get the strongest (in strength, not magic) keyblade in the game - Fenrir. If you don't want the glory, you'll probably want the rewards. =============================================================================== V. WHAT LEVEL, ITEMS AND ABILITIES SHOULD I HAVE BEFORE I FIGHT HIM? - Sephiroth is the strongest villain in the game. He has nearly fatal attacks, and is very powerful. You should be in a level ranging from 80-90, infact, the higher your level is, the better your off. I deafeated him wile I was in level 90, though you still have a pretty good chance of defeating him if your at a lower level(but not below 80). You should equip alot of ethers (maybe 3 or more but you should still leave space for other items; dont fill the item slots up with just ethers), around 2 Hi-Potions (though ethers have more importance than Hi-Potions, the Hi-Potions are important too), and one Elixir ( this is VERY important because of Sephiroth's nearly fatal attack HEARTLESS ANGEL - i'll explain it in detail later). If you have plenty Elixirs, then you might wanna substitute them for ethers and Hi-Potions, since its 2 in one and in tight spots it comes in handy. As for Weapons, you should definitely have Ultima Weapon(check out other guides, they explain how to get Ultima and other Keyblades), since its the strongest and it has MP Hastega, wich will restore your MP INCREDIBLY fast. If you don't have Ultima, then you should just go with the next best thing - Oblivion. If no Oblivion - wich would be weird not to have it, since you get it by default near the end of the game - , then just go with the strongest. As for armor and accesories, just go with the ones that increase your defense, strenght and AP alot, and that have Fire and Dark resistance. There are a couple, but just so you have an idea: Ribbon, Cosmic Belt, , Chaos Anklet, Firagun Bangle, Cosmic Arts, Fencer Earring, Star Charm, etc. (there are also guides that explain how to get these). In regard to abilities, you should have a good deal of 'em... >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> *Essential Abilities*: Glide - 3 AP - Growth Aerial Recovery - 2 AP - Support Finishing Leap - 5 AP - Action Horizontal Slash - 2 AP - Action Upper Slash - 4 AP - Action Slapshot - 2 AP - Action Aerial Sweep - 2 AP - Action Aerial Spiral - 2 AP - Action Aerial Finish - 3 AP - Action Trinity Limit - 5 AP - Action Once More - 4 AP - Support Combo Plus (only one) - 1 AP - Support Air Combo Plus (only one) - 1 AP - Support Combo Boost - 3 AP - Support Air Combo Boost - 3 AP - Support Finishing Plus - 5 AP - Support Scan - 2 AP - Support >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> *Other Useful And Recommended Abilities*: High Jump Lv 3 - 2 AP - Growth MP Rage - 3 AP - Support MP Haste - 3 AP - Support Explosion - 3 AP - Action Combination Boost - 4 AP - Support ================================================================================ VI. FIGHTING SEPHIROTH a. Where to find Sephiroth - You can find Sephiroth in "The Dark Dephts", after you revisit the worlds and Hollow Bastion turns into Radiant Garden (right after you defeat Sark and the MCP in Space Paranoids). Its located near the Crystal Fissure, and were you fought the 1,000 Heartless. b. Sephiroth's Data - Sephiroth HP is 3,000. He has FIFTHTEEN (15) HP Bars (the one he starts with and 14 below that one). He gives you NO experience, he has 42 strength, 24 defense, all Fire, Blizzard Thunder and Dark magic do zero (0) damage to him, and weapons damage him x1. This means its mostly a weapon battle, magic (except Curaga), won't help you here. While battling him, you can only perform one reaction command: "Block", which deflects his Flash attack. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> c. Sephiroth's Attacks Attack Type Description Deflect? Cut Combo Weapon 7 Slashes Yes, but Combo continues Aerial Cut Combo Weapon Upward Slash Yes, but then 4 aerial slashes Combo continues Moving Cut Weapon Rapid open Slash Yes, but Combo continues Flash Weapon Charges an attack Can only be and unleashes 13 slashes deflected with reaction command Shadow Flare Dark Creates balls of darkness Yes around Sora, which can be destroyed. Firaga Wall Fire 15 pillars of fire No appear around Sephiroth; it pulls Sora toward the pillars Meteo Other Meteors fall from the sky No *Heartless Angel* Other Leaves Sora with 1 HP No, but can be and 0 MP. His best attack interrupted, and very dangerous. which is CRITICAL NOTE: Sephiroth starts off the battle slowly. By this I mean he starts Studying Sora and his attacks. He walks the stage, but can land solid powerful attacks and get close pretty quick. After causing some damage, he run's instead of walking, and his attacks are fiercer. Later in the battle, after causing more damage, he just goes all out, and the attacks are at his best. I have heard some people classify these stances into three (3) Phases, and in a sense I can agree, but they also claim that in each Phase Sephiroth gets an additional attack (he starts out with certain ones, and as he takes damage and the battle progresses, he starts to use different attacks he did not use before). I can only agree when it comes to the rapidness, quickness, and intensity of the attacks. As for Sephiroth using new attacks as the battle progresses, I dont really agree, since out of ten (10) times I fought him, on four (4) ocassions he used attacks early in the battle that in other tries he used later in the game, (ie: "Meteo") So maybe it is true, but in my opinion It differs, though you can come to your own speculations and conclusions. (I fought Sephiroth 10 times to collect AI Boss Data) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> d. *THE BATTLE* NOTE: This battle is fought with Sora alone. *********************************SEPHIROTH************************************* ***************************THE*ONE*WINGED*ANGEL******************************** * - Well, its finally here; Sephiroth. Let's get right down to business. The * * second the battle starts, QUICKLY press the reaction command button. This * * attack, FLASH, can not be guarded against or countered, but you can use the * * reaction command button to deflect the 13 devastating blows. After you * * deflect the move, quickly start pounding at him with solid combos. What * * you want to do is pound him with ground combos and when the combo's coming * * to an end, press the square button to execute the finishing move "Finishing * * Leap" to launch him into the air, then keep pounding him with air combos * *(you can also set the finisher "Explosion" and then execute "Finishing Leap" * * but you risk the chance of knocking him away, and "Finishing Leap" won't * * work, therefore you can't keep on with the aerial attacks). This is the * * importance of the Aerial abilities. After you finish the Aerial combo, wait * * a couple of seconds. Sephiroth will move in to attack with "Cut Combo". * * Stay as far away as possible (you can use Glide to make it easier), and when* * he finishes the combo, start pounding at him again, but when you launch him * * into the air, use "Trinity Limit" to cause some massive damage. When you * * finish using "Trinity Limit", Sephiroth will either use his "Firaga Wall", * * "Shadow Flare", or possibly, but he normally uses it later in the battle, * * "Meteo". If he uses "Firaga Wall", simply Glide away and after it finishes * * TRY and land a combo on him, but it is hard, so wait till he gets closer. * * If he uses "Shadow Flare", jump away, and use Reflega if needed, but the * * Keyblade is a bit more trustworthy; then move in to attack. If he uses * * "Meteo", then glide or run and jump to avoid being hit too much (your still * * gonna get hit here or there because its kinda hard to evade the meteors. * * After all the meteors fall, quickly attack. Its always the same pattern: * * Ground combo, "Finishing Leap", Aerial Combo (with "Aerial Finish") and * * "Trinity Limit" (if he hasn't recovered). If Sephiroth starts to glow a * * light purple color, QUICKLY ATTACK HIM OR USE "TRINITY LIMIT". This attack * * is called "Heartless Angel". It leaves you with 1 HP and 0 MP. When he * * starts to glow, he then rises pretty high into mid-air. If your close to * * him, jump and start pounding at him with Aerial moves. If your quick enough,* * the attack will fail. If your far away, then IMMEDIATELY use "Trinity Limit"* * and you'll start attacking him in mid-air and knock off the attack. You can * * also use this if you think you can spare the MP, but its a good idea to save* * it for other things, so only use it if your far away. If you can't reach * * Sephiroth in time, or for another reason you can't stop the attack, run away* * and DO NOT DO ANYTHING YET. Wait for Sephiroth to get to the ground, 'cause * * almost always after he finishes this attack, he follows it up with the * * "FLASH" attack. So wait 'till he hits the ground and prepare to press the * * reaction command button. If he doesn't attack with flash, then quickly cure * * yourself. If he does perform "FLASH", then after you Block it, quickly cure * * yourself. Then if he's still open, keep pounding him. If your quick enough * * you can cure yourself before he hits the ground, THEN block and attack, but * * it is risky. At this point in the battle, he'll use any of his attacks, just* * keep using the strategies to dodge'em, then keep pounding at him with the * * same pattern. You can get a good Combo on the ground and in the air before * * he recovers. When he does, just watch for the attack hes going to perform. * * ALWAYS keep your HP ABOVE half and use your MP wisely, but you WILL use it * * alot. Also keep your MP up all of the time. This battle is hard, but you * * just have to keep your HP up, try and take the least damage possible, pound * * at him CONTINUALLY, but with caution, 'cause he can recover pretty fast, use* * the "TRINITY LIMIT" to cause good damage and you can also AVOID damage this * * way (except with "Heartless Angel"), equip "Finishing Plus" to do an extra * * VERY GOOD final attack, and use your Hi-Potions when you feel your gonna use* * your MP soon. Always use the pattern and take advantage when he's open. * ******************************************************************************* ******************************************************************************* >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> e. Victory Rewards - For defeating Sephiroth, you get 2 very important things. First: A plus one (+1) boost to your Drive Gauge, boosting it up to a total of 7 Drive Gauges, which is pretty cool. Second (but the best): The strongest Keyblade (in strength) in the game: "Fenrir". Go to the Market Place and talk to Cloud. He'll then head over to The Dark Dephts. Follow him there and then the cutscene will start. After the cutscene "Show Down of Fate 2",Tifa will give you "Fenrir". It has 7 strength and 1 magic {thats why its the strongest ONLY in strength, I emphasize this cause some people say STRONGEST and others associate this with BEST, but the magic sucks, so its not exactly the BEST.I prefer Ultima, but Fenrir is the best weapon to team up with Ultima in a Form, especially Final Form}. Its effect is "Negative Combo", which decreases the number of hits you deal in a ground combo by one (1). All in all, the rewards are the best, and the cutscenes shed a bit more light in Sephiroth's and Cloud's story in Kingodm Hearts, not to mention they are some of the coolest fight scenes in the game. ================================================================================ VII. DISCLAIMER - *This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright. - *All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their respective trademark and copyright holders. ================================================================================ VIII. CREDITS - Thanks to SquareEnix™ for ALWAYS creating great A+ quality games. They are the ones that started everything. Thanks to all FAQ sites, that everyday provide all of us dedicated, hardcore gamers with solutions to our game problems; and to those who contribute their ideas, strategies and knowledge. A BIG THANK YOU to Brady Games ®, for providing me with all the facts needed to write about Sephiroth's data and attack's, not to mention for helping me beat the game. And of course, a HUGE thanks to all the people that love and play Kingdom Hearts. Thank You. ================================================================================ IX. CLOSING AND CONTACT INFORMATION - You can contact me at juako-javi@hotmail.com If you find any incorrect data or missing info, or pieces that you might think are missing from the faq, please let me know. I will only UPDATE the faq, but I WILL NOT change my work. I will, however, consider certain things, depending on how they are approached and the intensity of the situation, but PLEASE read the WHOLE faq first. If you want additional info on anything associated WITH THE FAQ, feel free to contact me. Please write on the Subject bar of your email "Seph. Guide". Thank you all. And may you enjoy the game, and the advice I offer. © Copyright Yoaquim "YOA" Cintrón 2006