Final Fantasy VII is an iconic game in the Final Fantasy franchise. It has prequels, sequels, and, most recently, a remake. Here are 3 hard side quests in the game.

Final Fantasy VII Title Screen
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Final Fantasy VII Title Screen
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#1. Emerald Weapon

The hardest boss in Final Fantasy VII is Emerald Weapon. It’s found by submarine, just idly swimming around. Be careful not to hit it, as it has the most HP than any enemy in the game, making it a long fight. Make sure you get the “Underwater Materia” because if you don’t, you only have 20 minutes to defeat Emerald Weapon. That’s nowhere near enough time to win this battle!

To prepare for this fight, complete the Chocobo side quest, so you have “Knights of the Round Summon Materia” and the “Mime Materia.” You’ll want to have “W-Summon” from Gold Saucer’s Battle Square equipped. The real challenge is to have as little Materia on as possible because the more your characters have, the more powerful Emerald Weapon’s Air Tam Storm is. A good level to be at for this fight is 80 or above.

Final Fantasy VII Emerald Weapon battle
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Final Fantasy VII Emerald Weapon battle
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#2. Ruby Weapon

Now, onto the second hardest boss in Final Fantasy VII – Ruby Weapon. When flying around with your Highwind or riding your Chocobo, you may notice a little red worm in the desert next to Gold Saucer. Yup, that would be Ruby Weapon. Similarly to Emerald Weapon, you’ll want “W-Summon,” “Mime,” and “Knights of the Round,” except use “Dazers” as well to (hopefully) earn a win.

Ruby Weapon has a high defense and HP limit, but not as high as Emerald Weapon. The key to this battle is to paralyze this boss using items called “Dazers.” You’ll want to focus on paralyzing the tentacles and getting rid of them as soon as you can. Be sure to have fire absorbing armor equipped and Ribbons on all of your characters to negate his fire-based attacks and status ailments.

The battle against the Ruby Weapon!
The battle against the Ruby Weapon!

#3. Chocobo Quest

I would not consider this quest to be as hard as the other two, but it’s time-consuming to get a Gold Chocobo. There are three parts to this quest: Catching, Breeding, and Racing. Catching is the more manageable portion of this quest because you must find tracks and throw Greens at Yellow Chocobos. Breeding can be frustrating because you need to catch Good and Great Yellow Chocobos to breed for Blue and Green Chocobos.

Once you get Blue and Green Chocobos, take them to the Race Square in Gold Saucer to race them up to an “S” rank. Take them back to the Chocobo Farm and breed them until you get a Black Chocobo. To get a Gold Chocobo, you must breed a Wonderful Chocobo, which you need to catch, with your Black Chocobo after you’ve raced them 12 times each.

Obviously, there’s a lot more detail that goes into this quest with the specific number of races, where to find or buy the Greens and Nuts, and where to catch the Chocobos. Always, always, always remember to save your game! If you don’t get the result you were hoping for, you can reset FFVII and try again. Like I said before, this quest isn’t hard; it just has very specific particularities.

Final Fantasy VII Chocobo Race
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Final Fantasy VII Chocobo Race
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How many of these have you completed? Which ones seemed like the hardest to you? Are there other quests you would consider harder? Drop a comment below, and share your thoughts!