Welcome back to Save File Plays FInal Fantasy VII! This will be a rather short update, because there’s… really not that much left to do. Today, we’ll plow through the Ancient Forest, and then take on Ultimate Weapon! Last time, we left off right outside of the Ancient Forest, so let’s head on in!
Goldie is waiting outside for the party to emerge once more.
Also, it’s extremely hard to see the insects in screenshots.
Putting the insects & frogs into the pitcher plants allows us to jump on them to cross over to other areas.
For example, here’s the Kujata summon:
And a giant boar to cap it all off! It’s a powerful attack, and it’s fire/lightning/ice elemental. Unfortunately, if any of the enemies are immune to even one of those elements, they won’t take any damage from the summon.
Grab the frog and use the next tongue vine to hop over the flytrap.
If you stick an insect into a pitcher plant, the plant will eventually digest it. If you stick a FROG into a plant, it will eventually spit the frog out, and launch Cloud if he’s standing on it. Do so here, grab the beehive, and stick the beehive into the flytrap, so you can grab the Slash-All Materia, which as advertised, allows a character to attack all enemies in one hit when equipped.
Stick a frog into the pitcher plant on the right, and it will launch Cloud over the fly trap, leading him to the next area.
You can also head back into the second area from the treetops to snag another Minerva Band.
Time for another summon! Here’s Neo Bahamut:
Head back across and lure a frog out of the hollow tree using an insect.
And use the frog to launch you to the right over to the cave.
The real reward for finishing the Ancient Forest is the Apocalypse, a powerful weapon for Cloud that has TRIPLE Materia growth! I will be putting this to good use very soon.
Now it’s time to take on Ultimate Weapon!!
When you have Big Guard applied, his attacks really don’t hurt very much.
But now comes the REALLY annoying part. After taking enough damage, Ultimate Weapon flies off, just like it did back in Mideel.
You then have to go chasing after it in the Highwind. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see where it’s headed, and keep a bead on it. If you aren’t, you have to comb the world map trying to find it, which can take a surprisingly long time.
Ramming into it with the Highwind will encourage it to one of its “landing spots”, where you can engage it in battle again.
Which is more than enough to send it packing.
As a note, Ultimate Weapon has 100k HP total. Every time you encounter it, you’re chipping away at that total, including the first encounter at Mideel.
After Midgar, it heads to Cosmo Canyon, where it’s looking a little worse for wear.
Defeating Ultimate Weapon nets you Ultima Weapon, which is Cloud’s best weapon.
With that done, though I’m not going to show it off, I have one last thing to do at the Gold Saucer.
Clerk: I don’t have anyone special in my life, but when it happens, it happens. …that’s why I’m working now. Oh, sorry for going off like that. Register for battle?
Welp, I’m going to spend 2-3 hours in here to get enoough Battle Points to win the Omnislash (Cloud’s Level 4 Limit Break) and the W-Summon Materia. We’ll resume next time by taking the plunge into the Northern Crater! (Not to beat the game though).