Welcome back to Save File Plays Final Fantasy VII! When last we left off, the party had just witnessed a lot of backstory on Jenova, the Cetra, and Aeris’ biological parents. Then, Elena showed up, and literally rolled out of Icicle Inn when Cloud dodged her punch. After that, a kid lent the party his snowboard, and then they went and shredded
up down the hills. Now, they’re trying to make their way through the snow fields towards the Northern Crater. LET’S HOP TO IT.
MUSIC: Buried in the Snow
This cave. This is the one. The party is still pretty far from Gaea’s Cliff, and there are still some items to get. Got a ways to go, yet!
Ah, yes, more gigantic centipede monster things.
I forgot that if you spend too much time running around the snow fields, Cloud will collapse from… hypothermia? Exhaustion? Something. Perhaps it has something to do with running around in frigid conditions while wearing a short sleeved shirt. LUCKILY, it does not to a game over. In fact…
It takes you to your destination.
MUSIC: Ahead On Our Way
Holzoff: There’s an old legend that says something fell from the sky here a long time ago. It’s supposed to have pushed the land up and formed this cliff. 20 years ago, Yamski and I braved this cliff to see what was on the other side. But, we weren’t prepared for it. We never dreamed the temperature would be so low… That cliff has a biting cold wind that lowers your body temperature. Yamski was below me. He cut his own rope… I didn’t even notice… I’ve lived here ever since. Challenging the cliff and providing warning and shelter to my fellow climbers.
Holzoff: First, check your route… It’s hard to find because of all the snow. Second, warm yourselves up once you get to a ledge. Understand? You must be tired coming all the way up here. Better get some rest before you head out.
It’s free rest, but after the trauma that transpired during the last free rest, I think the game takes some mercy on us.
The entire gang is waiting outside. And they look rather cold. To be fair, Tifa is wearing a tank top and mini-skirt, and Yuffie is wearing some sort of belly shirt and short shorts. YOU’RE BASICALLY AT THE NORTH POLE HERE, PEOPLE. Dress for the weather!
: Seein’ a place like this makes you realize how awesome nature is. But if anyone told me to live here, I’d tell them to… well, you know… I tell you one thing though, if I did have to live here, I’d change things around and make it better. I guess Midgar is the total opposite of this place. When you think of it that way, the Shinra don’t seem so bad…
As usual, we can talk to everyone and have the option to switch our party up as well.
: Brrr, I can’t take this cold!
: I wonder what’s at the top of that cliff? Well, we shall see…
: Gotta keep telling myself this blizzard’s okay… brrr…
: This is secret info, but… Rufus is going to arrive here too.
: Y’know, standing here like this… kind of makes you feel like the Planet’s not really with us, y’know? Of course, we can’t even compete. I mean… the Planet don’t even notice us humans.
: I wonder what’s on the other side of that cliff…
YEAH, NOT YOU, buddy.
I decided to go with the old-school party for this trip, of Cloud, Tifa and Barret. LET’S GO!!
All right, let’s challenge this damn cliff.
Basically, just keep climbing up. There are dead ends, so be careful. Everytime you get to a ledge, make sure you warm up. If your temperature falls too low, Cloud will pass out and will have to start again from Mr. Holzoff’s house.
Eventually you’ll find some caves. You don’t have to worry about your temperature while you’re inside.
MUSIC: Lurking in the Darkness
GET OUT OF MY WAY, I HAVE THINGS TO DO.
It’s a little difficult to see, but there’s a path to the south here.
There’s also this guy, which is like a smaller, red version of the old Materia Keeper boss!
OH, GOD, IT’S HORRIFYING. Malboros are a staple of FF. They can cast Bad Breath, which is an attack that slaps the party with pretty much every status effect in the book. This is why it’s always good to keep the Ribbon on someone at all times.
They’re also terrifying eyeball/mouth/tentacle monsters.
Next cave! It’s go time!
I’LL TAKE IT.
Ohhhhh. Yes, the party has to fight some icicles. The icicles themselves aren’t bad, but the 4 bats that accompany them are annoying as shit. They have high evasion and also like to cast silence on the party.
When you defeat them, the icicle starts to splinter at its base.
And then they fall down to the room below.
I then do this 3 more times. It’s the same battle every time.
You have the chance to jump down to the room below after every battle, but then I’d miss out on this Megalixir!
Inside this cave is a Save Point and a hot spring that restores the party back to full health. Gee, I wonder if there is a boss fight coming up?
MUSIC: Those Who Fight Further
Say hello to Schizo. Schizo is by far the most difficult boss up until this point. If I was SMART, I would have leveled my Restore Materia up enough to have Regen, which I am fairly close to, but I am not smart. Therefore, this battle is much, much harder than it has to be. I did not prepare adequately.
MBarrier is an absolute MUST in this battle if you want to survive. MBarrier cuts down the damage from magical attacks by 50%.
This is the kind of damage that happens WITHOUT MBarrier on.
And unfortunately, while MBarrier cuts down all magical effects by half, that includes healing magic. Meaning the effectiveness of my Cure spells is… not so much. Regen would be the way to get around that, but… OOPS.
Cloud’s Climhazzard hit a critical here, killing one of the heads.
HEAL HEAL HEAL SAVE SAVE SAVE
(I totally healed up in the menu right after that fight in case I got into a random battle before getting back to the heal/save point)
Because LO AND BEHOLD, it’s a goddamn dragon that would wreck my shit if didn’t heal up!
MUSIC: The Great North Cave
: Something fell out of the sky and crashed down here. Leaving a scar on the Planet.
: So the Planet has gathered all this energy here to heal itself?
: Sephiroth took that energy and is trying to use Meteor. Next time the wound won’t be so small.
This is where Tifa would force herself into the party if she wasn’t already in it. But I thought ahead!
NEXT LOADUP ON SAVE FILE: The Northern Crater!! TONS OF DRAMA. No, really, there is going to be hella drama. So buckle up!!!