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    Welcome to Sashís Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy 7 FAQ and 
    Walkthrough
    
    Table of Contents
    
    Introduction.....................................................int01
    Basic Game Mechanics.............................................bgm01
    Equipment and items..............................................eai01
    Mission Complete Menu............................................mcm01
    Basic Game Plot, as of the first mission.........................bgpo1
    Beginning the Game...............................................btg01
    Walkthrough......................................................walk1
    Chapter 1........................................................cha01
    Chapter 2........................................................cha02
    Chapter 3........................................................cha03
     -Obtaining the Ultimate Weapon
    Chapter 4........................................................cha04
    Chapter 5........................................................cha05
    Chapter 6........................................................cha06
    Chapter 7........................................................cha07
    Chapter 8, part 1................................................cha8a
    Chapter 8, part 2................................................cha8b
    Chapter 9........................................................cha09
    Chapter 10.......................................................cha10
    Chapter 11.......................................................cha11
    Chapter 12, part 1...............................................ch12a
    Chapter12, part 2................................................ch12b
    Secret Ending....................................................sece1
    Tips and Tricks..................................................tip01
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    Introduction.....................................................int01
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    Howdy, and thanks for reading my guide to Dirge of Cerberus: Final 
    Fantasy VII.  This guide is intended to assist you as you play through 
    the game from beginning to end with descriptions of maps, enemies, and 
    bosses.  At the very least, this guide will outline all steps 
    necessary to complete the game on normal mode.  The only real 
    difference between normal mode versus hard and extra hard are the 
    amount and frequency of enemies faced and the amount of damage Vincent 
    takes from being shot or mauled.  I will put in as a side note any 
    significant differences between hard and extra hard, but since you 
    should not be playing extra hard before at least completing the game 
    on normal mode, I doubt it will be that crucial to your success at 
    that point.  As a side note about extra hard mode, Vincent will retain 
    any weapons and gil he has acquired as of the final auto save in the 
    Omega chapter to be carried over to the beginning of the game should 
    extra hard mode be selected.  Levels and ammunition do not carry over.
    
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    Basic Game Mechanics ............................................bgm01
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    DoS is at heart and action shooter game with elements of a Role 
    Playing Game added in.  As Vincent progresses he will gain levels and 
    be able to upgrade his weapons.  
    
    - Saving/Loading
    
    The game has 2 options for saving.  As Vincent explores a level, the 
    game will auto save and create a log of Vincentís exact inventory at 
    that point.  The player can at any time replay the game from that auto 
    save point, even if he has progressed farther in the game.  If, while 
    replaying, Vincent reaches another auto save point he has reached 
    before.  The current data will override what has been saved 
    previously.  Hence, if on your first attempt, you reach an auto save 
    point with an inventory of 2 potions and 150 bullets, any time you 
    replay from there you will start with those items.  If, however, you 
    play from a previous point in the story and reach that auto save area 
    with an inventory of 4 potions and 225 bullets, that new data will 
    replace the old.
    
    - Leveling
    
    Vincent will not gain levels during missions, only after a mission has 
    been completed.  As you progress, the game will keep score of the 
    amount of kills and gil you acquire.  After a mission is over, you 
    will be given the option of using all the experience you gained to 
    increase Vincentís level, or convert each exp point into 10 gold.
    
    - Upgrading
    
    After missions have been completed and you have chosen to level up or 
    receive money, you will be given the option to modify weapons and 
    accessories.  Each basic gun can be upgraded 2 times before you must 
    decide how to specialize it.  What you choose is really based on your 
    particular play style and what you find most useful.  All guns have 
    advantages and disadvantages versus other guns.
    
    - Memory Capsules
    
    Hidden throughout the game (some hidden much better than others) are 
    memory capsules which when shot will cause an auto save file to be 
    created in your ďExtra FeaturesĒ menu which can be accessed from the 
    games main title screen.  Once a capsule has been acquired you need 
    not ever find it again in any version unless you should happen to 
    erase your game data from your memory card.  Once acquired, you may 
    enter your ďExtra FeaturesĒ menu and scroll to the ďEvent ViewerĒ to 
    see a video sequence that appears somewhere in the game.  Should you 
    find all the capsules you may watch every video file the game has to 
    offer.
    
    -Critical Hits vs. Normal Hits.
    Enemies in this game have HP.  When shot in vital areas, more damage 
    is done.  You will know if you scored a critical hit because the 
    damage done appears in orange rather than white.  All humans will 
    suffer a critical hit if shot in the head.  Other creatures and 
    machines have different weak points.
    
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    Equipment and Items .............................................eai01
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    --Basic Equipment--
    
    -Guns: Vincentís main form of combat, your gun is your best friend in 
    this game.
    
    Cerberus
    Vincentís basic gun, has average stats at all ranges, best for 
    medium/short range fights
    
    Hydra
    Vincentís rifle.  Most useful for long range combat.  Shoots at a 
    slower pace and reloads slower, but has highest damage.
    
    Griffon
    Machine gun.  Best at short range combat, unloads many rounds quickly 
    but harder to aim and does less damage.
    
    -Barrels:
    
    Short barrel: Quick fire rate. Does less damage the further away the 
    enemy is.
    
    Medium barrel: Mainly for use in fighting enemies who are not in 
    places Vincent can reach on foot.
    
    Long barrel: Used to fight enemies at long distances, power decreases 
    the closer an enemy is to Vincent
    
    -Materia:  Materia can be attached to a weapon and cast using 
    Vincentís mana pool.  There are 3 kinds
    
    Fire Materia: When cast, Vincent will shoot a ball of flame which 
    explodes on impact, damaging all nearby opponents.
    
    Lighting Materia: Vincent fires a powerful bolt of lighting which 
    damages enemies in a straight line.
    
    Blizzard Materia:  Vincent shoots a ball of ice that seeks out his 
    single target automatically.
    
    -Accessories: Can be attached to weapons, enhancing their abilities.  
    Many can be upgraded at the machine shops.
    
    Sniper Scope:  Allows Vincent to zoom in on a target.  Useful for 
    getting critical hits.
    
    Materia Floater:  Increases the level of equipped Materia
    
    Power Booster:  Increases the weapons power as well as weight, making 
    Vincent run slower while carrying it.
    
    Gravity Floater:  Decreases the total weight of the weapon.
    
    Materia Booster:  Another accessory to increase the level of equipped 
    materia.
    
    Auto Reloader: Auto reloads a weapon when ammunition has been 
    depleted.
    
    Cerberus Relief:  Slightly increases defense.
    
    Power Cross: Slightly increases power of melee attacks.
    
    Recoil Limiter:  Reduces Recoil, making aiming that much easier.
    
    L-Adjuster: Increases accuracy of long range shots.
    
    S-Adjuster: Increases the accuracy of short range shots.
    
    Manaheart: Gradually replenishes MP, secret item found in Chapter 6.
    
    -Items:  Can be used during missions for various effects.  Be careful, 
    the use of too many items in a mission can lower your score.
    
    Potion: Heals a small amount of HP
    
    Hi-Potion: heals a moderate amount of HP
    
    Mega-Potion: Heals a large amount of HP
    
    X-Potion:  Fully heals Vincent.
    
    Ether: Restores some MP
    
    Elixir:  Restores all HP and MP
    
    Phoenix Down:  When used, the next time Vincent is KOíd he will return 
    to life at full health.
    
    Limit Breaker: Unleash the beast! Vincent will morph into a new were-
    wolf type creature with devastating melee attacks as well as gain the 
    ability to throw balls of fire.  Defense will be increased 
    dramatically and all HP will be restored.  Vincent will return to 
    normal after a short time or you can remove the effects by holding 
    L1+R1.
    
    Red Potion: Heal a random amount of HP
    
    Red Ether: Heal a random amount of MP
    
    -Bullets
    
    Handgun Bullets: Used in handguns, Cerberus will fire 3 at a time.
    
    Rifle Bullets: Used by the Hydra weapon.
    
    Machine-Gun bullets: Used by the Griffon.
    
    --Specialty Weapons/Itemsó
    
    Bayonet Rifle: When carried, increases the power of Vincentís melee 
    attacks.
    
    Blast Machine Gun: Does little damage but knocks enemies down.
    
    Ultimate Weapon: Just what it sounds like.  Will make the going a lot 
    easier on you.  Refer to my Chapter 3 section for details on how to 
    acquire.
    
    Lucky S Barrel: Gain more XP for killing enemies with this barrel 
    attached.
    
    Fearie L Barrel: A long barrel that quickly fires.
    
    Elixor: Fully restore all MP and HP as well as gain the effect of 
    Phoenix Down.
    
    Potion: Will appear in your inventory labeled ďPotionĒ but will only 
    restore 1 hp.  They wonít stack with normal potions so get rid of them 
    if you see them.
    
    Moogle Dolls.  Rare, and if you find them, just sell them at the 
    nearest shop, all they are good for is extra cash.
    
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    Mission Complete Menu............................................mcm01
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    At the end of each mission you will receive a score for that mission 
    based on your performance, granting you either a D, C, B, A, or S.  
    Here is what the game evaluates.
    
    Targets Destroyed: Easy enough.  Kill more people, get a better score.
    
    Accuracy Rate: Based on how many bullets found their marks.
    
    Damage Sustained: How many HP you lost during this mission.  This one 
    is probably the toughest to get a good score on, as there are times 
    where you just canít avoid getting shot.
    
    Critical Hits: How many times did that little orange number pop up in 
    the mission?
    
    Killchains: Whenever you kill targets in rapid succession you get a 
    kill chain.  This doesnít measure what your max kill chain was, just 
    how many times you acquired a kill chain, be it 2 enemies in 
    succession or 50 (though killing 50 enemies in succession would earn 
    you 49 kill chains).  Interesting note: barrels and boxes count as 
    targets so if you see them stacked together, shoot them one at a time 
    to get a kill chain.
    
    Items Used: The fewer items you use in a mission the better your rank 
    will be.
    
    Magic Casted:  How many times Vincent uses materia per mission.  Easy 
    to get a good score on this one, if you run across a mako field with 
    full mana, fire off a few magic rounds at nothing before running over 
    it, youíll get your score up and wonít lose any mana.
    
    Mako Collected: This measure how many of the Mako Fields you ran over 
    during the mission.  Sometimes they refresh after you have run over 
    them, so check back.
    
    Times KOíd:  How many times Vincent died in the mission.
    
    Time Expired: How long it took you to complete the mission.  This 
    score is almost always low if you are watching the videos, because for 
    some reason they did not program it so the timer stops while you watch 
    one.  Whatever.
    
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    Basic Game Plot Ė as of the first mission........................bgp01
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    3 years have passed since Meteorfall and the city of Midgar has been 
    deserted.  Reeve Tuesti, also known to others as Cait Sith, has been 
    placed in charge of a militant organization known as the World 
    Restoration Organization, whose goal is to aid in the planets survival 
    and longevity after the devastating effects of the encounter with 
    Sephiroth.  Recently, screams have been heard at night coming from 
    inside Midgar, and a team was sent in to investigate.  None returned.
    As the game opens, Vincent is resting in the town of Kalm during a 
    celebration of its recovery from Meteorfall.  During the festivities, 
    Kalm is attacked by an unidentified group of soldiers.  Vincent must 
    save the citizens and determine what is going on.
    
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    Beginning the Game...............................................btg01
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    If you have yet to complete the game, you will be prompted to choose 
    Normal or Hard mode.  If you have already completed the game once and 
    have an auto save file in the Omega and Chaos chapter, you may chose 
    Extra-Hard mode and your games information will be carried over.
    
    Once you have selected the mode you want, you will be prompted to 
    configure the game, with options such as Vibration and Sound Output.  
    I suggest putting on subtitles, as dialogue can be lost in many area 
    with lots of background noise or characters who speak softly.
    
    You may also choose how you want your sight to work, Automatic, Semi-
    automatic, or Manual.  Pick whatever, based on how hard you want the 
    game to be.
    
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    Walkthrough......................................................walk1
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    Here I will take you through a step by step process of the games 
    levels.  What I describe is based on the games Normal Mode.  The main 
    difference in the game modes is the amount of enemies faced as well as 
    damage taken and how much damage the bosses can sustain.  If there is 
    any significant change I will highlight it by adding in a *Extra hard 
    Mode* qualifier.  I will also note where the game Auto Saves.  This 
    Walkthrough will NOT discuss Memory Capsules, nor will I provide 
    descriptions of what happens in videos.  You can skip a video at any 
    time by hitting ďstartĒ and then X button.
    
    
    Chapter 1: Sea of Flames.........................................cha01
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    Stage Missions
    
    Protect the Civilians!
    Save the abducted girl!
    Locate the card key!
    Assist the WRO!
    
    After the opening video you will be facing 3 soldiers.  Shoot them 
    quickly, they probably wonít have time to even fire on you.  Walk to 
    the right, across the pipes, and pick up the potion.  Climb the ladder 
    and shoot the soldier on the platform.  This will alert the other 
    soldier on the platform above.  If you move fast enough, however, he 
    will not have time to shoot you before you eliminate him as well.  
    Once you are on the wall, take a right and destroy the box you come to 
    for 500 gil.  Turn around and continue until you see a group of 
    soldiers on a platform. Take care not to go far enough the can see 
    you.  You will notice a barrel next to this group of soldiers.  Any 
    barrels you see like this one throughout the game will explode when 
    shot.  Shoot the barrel and it should kill all the soldiers on the 
    platform.
    *Extra Hard Mode* The barrel is not on the platform, it is along the 
    path the soldiers will run to get at you.
    Once past this area you will see 2 more soldiers standing in front of 
    a doorway.  Take them out but donít go into the door just yet.  
    Continue past it until you see a briefcase containing a potion.  To 
    the left of this briefcase is another soldier standing on the roof of 
    a house with his back turned.  Take him out and head back to the door 
    you passed.  Head down the stairs.  As you go down a voice will say 
    ďArea clear!Ē  After you hear this you will see 3 soldiers standing on 
    the steps.  Kill them and move on.
     
    Auto Save
    
    Head down the street until you see a group of civilians running toward 
    you.  You need to save as many civilians as you can in this level.  
    Start here by positioning yourself between the civilians and the 
    soldiers chasing them and shooting the soldiers before they can kill 
    the people.  Once you have killed those soldiers take a left and 
    eliminate the ones holding the kids hostage.  Donít worry about 
    shooting civilians.  You canít do it, even on purpose (if that makes 
    you sad, seek help).  Continue down the path and a robotic dog will 
    jump out at you, kill him fast as 2 more soldiers will be chasing a 
    boy toward you and you need to kill them before they kill the boy.  
    You can take a right at this point but donít do it yet.  Continue 
    straight until you reach the fire blocking your path and take a left.  
    Kill the 2 soldiers and the dog and follow along until you reach a 
    fence.  Past it is a case with 500 gil and 2 places where you will get 
    a cut scene of Vincent telling some kids the path is safe.  Come back 
    and head down the path you passed up before.  Run over the mako field 
    and get the fire materia.  Remember to equip it.  Continue down the 
    street and take out the guards in the alley.  Careful you donít shoot 
    the explosive barrel if you are next it.  Break the boxes for any 
    items they may have and walk over to the laser gate.  After you 
    realize you need a key, a soldier will run out of the house behind 
    you.  Kill him and the 2 more coming down the path and get the key to 
    the gate. Continue on and you will see a group of civilians fleeing a 
    helicopter.  You canít do anything for them at this point, so just 
    keep moving.  Down the next street step into the mako field and be 
    prepared as soldiers will jump out from inside the buildings.  One 
    will drop the Limit Breaker item.  Eventually you will get a cut scene 
    with a girl being dragged off by robot dogs.  This is your first side 
    mission, to save her.  Donít waste bullets on the dog as it drags her 
    into the crate, you canít kill it yet.  Once she is inside, kill off 
    the enemies that attack you, making sure you get the dog terrorizing 
    the mother to your right as well as the soldiers in the windows.  
    After you have defeated the first wave, walk over to the crate and 
    open it.  Now you have to fend off attackers until the timer reaches 
    0.  When it does approach the crate and kill the dog inside.  The girl 
    is safe; donít you feel like a hero?
    *Extra Hard Mode* You must defeat 30 enemies in this mode rather than 
    wait for the timer.
    Follow the street and take a right when you can, you will be prompted 
    with another stage mission, to locate the card key.  Keep going the 
    only way you can and you see a girl being attacked by soldiers.  Kill 
    them, talk to the girl, and be on your way.  Next you will acquire the 
    sniper scope.  Attach it and keep going straight down the street until 
    you see a fire on your left.  People will appear running from guards 
    only to be trapped by the fire and you canít reach them to save them.  
    If only you had a way of seeing enemies from a long way off.  Use R3 
    to test out your new scope and pick off the guards before they kill 
    the civilians.  Head back to the path you passed on the way to the 
    fire and follow it.  Get the mana and kill the guards that pop out 
    (shoot the barrel).  The card you need is on the right.  Head back to 
    the laser gate.  Inside some guards will come running down the steps, 
    you can take all 3 out with a blast from your fire materia, same for 
    the 2 shooting you from the top of the steps.  Down the other side, 
    kill the 4 guards and pick up the Long Barrel and attach it, youíll 
    need it for this next fight.  Get the Handgun Bullets and Hi-Potion 
    before you walk out the door.
    
    Auto Save
    
    Your first boss fight.  You ready?
    
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    Boss fight:  Dragonfly
    
    A giant helicopter.  Depending on how well developed your shooting 
    skill is, this can be over in less than a minute.  Aim at him as he 
    flies over and just unload all your bullets, using the long barrel you 
    just acquired.  His machine gun is hardly even worth avoiding it does 
    so little damage, but watch out for his rockets, they follow you.  The 
    best way to avoid them is to position yourself so they crash into the 
    pillar in the center of the square.  Once he has made a pass over the 
    square he will drop a group of soldiers to fight you.  Take them out 
    as fast as you can, use the barrels to your advantage if they are 
    close to them, and continue blasting away at the helicopter, 
    eventually it will go down.
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    Auto Save
     
    After the video you will find yourself in a building.  Behind the 
    table is a Phoenix Down.  The room on the left has 500 gil and the 
    room on the right has 500 gil and a shop machine.  The next room also 
    has 500 gil and bullets.  Keep going down the hall where you can pick 
    up a short barrel.  Honestly, I donít even use this attachment as the 
    medium/long barrels are better suited for 99% of the situations you 
    find yourself in throughout the game.  Put it on your 2nd or 3rd 
    weapon if you want as you are about to encounter a fight in a tiny 
    room with many enemies.  Once you walk upstairs and watch the video 
    and kill all the soldiers who enter the room.
    
    Auto Save
    
    Afterwards you are back out in the square you just fought the 
    helicopter in, killing more enemies.  There is a Limit Breaker on top 
    of the pillar if you want it.  The enemies will spawn forever until 
    you run to the SE and WRO members come in to join you.  Kill all the 
    bad guys in the square and head out the direction the WRO came in when 
    the way is clear.
    *Extra hard mode* You will start in the square with the WRO and the 
    Deepground soldiers will come in from the SE.  Itís actually easier 
    this way because you can kill them as they file in.
    Talk to the soldier if you want and then follow them as they run down 
    the path, picking up the Griffon and bullets.  You donít really have 
    time though to equip it because you need to follow the WRO soldiers to 
    save them. At the fork, take a right first and kill all the Deepground 
    soldiers before they kill your allies.  Run to the area behind the DG 
    soldiers and get the keycard inside the box, but donít use it to open 
    the gate closest to you, move to the other side of the alley and open 
    that gate, getting the 500 gil and the extra card key.  Still, donít 
    go through the laser gate yet.  Head back to where you saw the fork 
    and go the other way this time.  Again, assist the WRO before they get 
    killed.  Now go back to the laser gate you havenít opened yet and go 
    through.  Down the street are 2 WRO members under attack from snipers.  
    Take them out with your Long Barrel.  There are 2 on the roof to your 
    right and 2 on the ground.  Make a U-turn at the edge of the ramp and 
    get the mana and Handgun bullets.  Now head down the street and into 
    town square for Vincent vs. Dragonfly: The rematch.
    
    Auto Save
    
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    Boss fight: Dragonfly GL
    I guess the GL stands for ďGood Luck winning round 2 with a busted up 
    helicopterĒ.  This time the Dragonfly moves much slower and doesnít 
    fly as high in the air.  Stay farther away and use the Long Barrel to 
    aim for his damaged right wing.  After blasting that for a few clips, 
    the helicopter will fall to the ground, exposing its weak point on 
    top, shoot it as many times as you can before he recovers.  Repeat the 
    process.  He still fires missiles at you and they are a bit harder to 
    dodge as you have no structures to hide behind.  No soldiers this time 
    though, so he should go down no problem.
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    Chapter 2: Showdown in the Wastes................................cha02
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    Stage Missions
    
    Eradicate the Guard Hounds!
    
    After the videos, you will be given control back with Vincent equipped 
    with a mounted machine gun.  Take out as many of the guard dogs as you 
    can, donít worry about ammunition.  The more you kill the better your 
    score at the end of this Chapter.  After a while you will be given a 
    cut scene where Vincent jumps on the roof of the vehicle.
    
    Auto Save
    
    Once again, kill as many of the dogs as you can.  They will jump on 
    the transport, damaging you in the process so try and kill them as 
    they are in the air.  Once you are past this you will be given another 
    cut scene where the transport crashes.
    
    Auto Save
    
    Walk over the 3 mako fields behind the transport before you advance 
    into the ravine.  You will find a mini boss in the next area.
    
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    Boss fight: Crimson Hound
    As the fight starts he will jump up on a pillar and let his buddy dogs 
    chomp on you for a bit.  Kill them as fast as you can, if you are 
    quick enough none will get away and start running in and out of the 
    stones.  If they do just strafe around the outside and shoot them as 
    you see them.  When all are dead, target the boss on top of his perch, 
    and blast away.  Eventually he will come down to fight you.  Kill him 
    fast enough and he wonít summon any more help.  The best way to do it 
    is run backward while shooting him.
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    After the Crimson Hound is ďdeadĒ get his key card and head into the 
    next area, making sure to watch the cool video of Vincent finishing 
    the dog off.  You will get another cut scene and fight the real bosses 
    of this level.
    
    Auto Save
    
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    Boss fight: Pegasus Riders
    Five on one? Hardly seems fair, maybe Vincent should let them 
    surrender.  He doesnít of course.  This fight seems daunting at first, 
    but there is a trick to beating them.  Let them circle you a few times 
    and then move out of their pattern.  Eventually they will break ranks 
    and charge you, which is when you want to shoot them, as they are 
    vulnerable from the front.  One shot is sometimes enough to kill a 
    single rider.  Just make sure they donít hit you if they are charging, 
    it will knock you down and if you donít jump up fast you are 
    vulnerable to another charge.  They share a collective life bar, so 
    you donít have to do all that damage to every one.  Pick them off one 
    by one and thatís all she wrote for this mission.
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    I suggest upgrading your long barrel at least once here.
    
    Chapter 3: Silent Edge...........................................cha03
    ----------------------
    
    Stage Missions
    
    Protect the Boy!
    Eliminate the Snipers in Hiding!
    
    When you get control of Vincent, turn around and head left.  You will 
    see a case at the end of the alley with handgun bullets, take care of 
    the 2 dogs on your way there.  Make your way through the mini maze and 
    kill any dogs that show up.  Eventually you will cross the street and 
    find a mako field.  Past that is a dieing soldier who tells you where 
    to go to save the people of Edge.  Get his keycard (more dogs in the 
    alley past him if you want to get a few extra kills) and head back to 
    where you started the mission, opening the gate.  Inside are a potion 
    and another new toy, the Hydra Rifle.  This is for shooting those 
    pesky snipers and enemies that are a long way off.  Put it in one of 
    your weapon slots and stick the long barrel on the end of it and a 
    Sniper Scope on it, your about to get some practice.  Donít equip it 
    yet though, you need your handgun to take out the 4 dogs in the alley 
    you will enter next.  Once youíre past those, put on the new rifle and 
    walk towards the town square.  You are now engaged in one of the 
    mission Special Objectives which is to kill as many snipers as 
    possible.  Snipers are possibly the most annoying enemies in this game 
    cause they almost never miss and they do a lot of damage, on top of 
    being very hard to see. Honestly, the best way to avoid damage is to 
    know where they are going to pop up in advance and have your rifle 
    ready to shoot them before they shoot you.  And that requires you play 
    a mission several times.  Iíll do the best I can here telling you what 
    to expect.  The worst thing you can do here is to run into the middle 
    of the square, because youíll be getting shot from all sides.  Back up 
    into the alley you just came out of and look for the sniper on the 
    roof to the North (your left from where you start).  Take him out as 
    fast as possible since heís already shooting at you, and if you did 
    not enter the square, no other snipers should have noticed you yet.  
    To the right of that first sniper is an orange tarp, and a bridge to 
    the right of that.  There is another sniper there on the left side of 
    that bridge.  In the center of the square is a pillar, to the right of 
    it is another sniper on the roof of the houses directly across from 
    you.  There is another to the right of him on the building with the 
    white masonry.  To the right of him is a spotlight, when it is at its 
    farthest right-facing arc, move your scope a bit farther to the right 
    and youíll see another. After you have all 5 of them taken out, inch 
    out of the area you are in with your character facing north against 
    the wall.  Once you are a few feet into the square look up and see a 
    sniper right above you.  Kill him.  Follow along the wall where he was 
    standing and you will see a rusty bridge, there is another sniper on 
    the building behind that bridge.  Now turn around.  In the alley 
    opposite the laser gate you can see is the last sniper who currently 
    poses a threat to you, heís behind a box on the ground next to a mako 
    field.  Kill him and head into that area, when you come out of it you 
    see a kid running in front of you, follow him. In the building he runs 
    to, you need to kill the 2 soldiers on the 2nd floor.  There is a shop 
    machine here and the 3rd floor has a potion and machine gun bullets.  
    Head back down and the kid will run out.  Follow him again and kill 
    the soldiers who chase him.  After you have killed all 4 of them, you 
    get another Special Objective, which is to follow the kid and donít 
    let him die.
    
    Auto Save
    
    A dog jumps down and grabs him before you get to the first building, 
    kill him before he gets to the kid if you can, it isnít really an 
    issue if he does, just kill him before he mauls the kid to death.  
    Follow the kid in the building, get the 1000 gil on the bottom floor 
    before you go up the steps.  Once he gets outside and climbs up the 
    ladder, he looks into an alley. Donít bother going down there, it 
    leads to a case with 1 gil.  Follow a bit farther and save him from 
    the 2 dogs that jump out.  Across another bridge 2 soldiers will start 
    shooting from on top of a sign to your right.  Just kill them and move 
    on.  Another group of dogs jump out while you follow here.  After that 
    group, switch over to your rifle again and when the kid stops moving 
    and makes a frightened sound, look across the square to see another 
    sniper, heís above the orange tarp you see directly across from you if 
    you are standing behind the kid.  Kill him and the kid lets you into 
    the building you are standing at.  Inside is a normal soldier with the 
    key card.  Grab it.
    
    IF YOU WANT THE ULTIMATE WEAPON, READ THIS PART!!!!!
    
    When you have control of Vincent again after escorting the kid around 
    the square, turn around and head back into the building behind you.  
    Inside there is a case with a Model Gun.  Grab it.  That is the non 
    upgraded version of Ultimate Weapon.  Thatís the good part.  Here is 
    the bad.  That weapon will cost you almost 300k gil to make into its 
    best form.  You canít even upgrade it until Chapter 8 anyway, and at 
    that point, youíre going to need to convert all your exp into gil for 
    the rest of the game and not spend any of it.  Maybe if you do that 
    you can afford it by the last level when you have Vincentís Death 
    Penalty gun which is the most powerful weapon on the game.  So why did 
    they put this in?  Well, if you plan on playing the Extra Hard Mode, 
    you will NEED this gun.  
    So your options are: Ignore it, finish the game because you kinda like 
    Final Fantasy and you plan on forgetting you ever played this as soon 
    as itís over. Or, option 2: Starting at chapter 8, donít buy any more 
    levels or upgrades, kill yourself trying to beat the game with under 
    leveled and underpowered Vincent in hopes you can afford the Ultimate 
    Weapon before you reach the final boss because your ego is directly 
    proportionate to the size of your gun.  Then play the game through on 
    Extra Hard blasting away with it and feeling like a real man. (Thatís 
    what I did).
    All joking aside, once you have it, the gun is pretty amazing.  It 
    holds 99 rounds, does more damage than any gun save the Gigant Hydra 
    (which only holds 1 round and reloads very slowly).  Only this gun 
    does max damage from all ranges.  It completely destroys bosses all 
    the way through the game because you almost never need to reload it, 
    so you can stand there and have a shooting contest with just about 
    every boss for the first 2/3 of the game without even moving and win, 
    and the rest of the game you may only need to use 1 or 2 potions.  The 
    battle with Weiss at the end of the game when you are at the reactor 
    is easier on Extra Hard mode if you have that gun than it is on Normal 
    mode if you donít.
    Oh well, itís your choice.
    
    Back to the game
    *Extra Hard Mode* at this point, more snipers will appear on the 
    rooftops, kill them for the best rating at the end of the mission.  To 
    kill them, donít move at all.  If you stand still, none will notice 
    you.  Now just search the rooftops and pick them off one by one.
    
    Head past the big laser gate and fight the enemies that jump out at 
    the end of the alley. Head in the only direction you can.  Before you 
    jump out into the next area though, slowly make your way forward and 
    look up to the top of the building in front of you.  Kill the sniper 
    before he sees you.  This will alert the guard below who will begin 
    stalking toward you, jump out and kill him.  Around the next corner is 
    another sniper on the fire escape above you at the end of the alley.  
    Shoot him before he sees you and duck behind the wall again.  Wait for 
    the next 2 guards to come into sight and pop out to shoot them.  
    Follow until you see a box across the street from you.  Donít run out 
    into the street, slowly make your way to the edge and look at the 
    bridge above you, snipe the girl standing there.  Climb the steps to 
    your left and as you walk out onto the bridge you just killed the 
    guard on, look across the street to the NE, a sniper is on the roof in 
    the corner.  There are some guards in the street with boxes ahead of 
    you.  Try and kill them with stealth if you can, but I find the best 
    way is to jump out and blast with Cerberus.  Kill them and continue 
    on, there is 3000 gil in the box on the roof to your left.
    
    Auto Save
    
    You will be at a point where there is a cut scene and you can see some 
    guards on a stairway.  First, snipe the barrel above you and kill that 
    guard, then jump out and kill the guard on the lower steps.  Hide 
    again behind the wall and wait for the 3rd.  Kill him when he comes 
    down.  When you get up the steps 2 guards will pop out, and one is 
    below the stairs you will descend after that.  Along the path 2 more 
    guards will show up and then you will jump down into an alley you 
    canít get back out of.  One guard is at the end, kill her and snipe 
    the guard you can see between the buildings after you make a U-turn. 
    Wait for the 3rd guard to come around the corner and kill him.  You 
    will see a fallen steel support beam.  Jump down to it and in front of 
    you is a mako field with a soldier near it.  Kill him and the other 
    guard to his left.  Find the limit breaker under the spot you jumped 
    down from and climb the fallen steel support.  Pull out your rifle and 
    aim over the fence past the mako field to kill the sniper.  Before you 
    run to get the mako field, look to your left and kill the guards 
    behind the fence, once again, barrels are your friend.  The last 
    sniper in the level is above you across from the shop machine.  Buy 
    anything you need and step inside for the boss fight.
    
    Auto Save
    
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    Boss fight: Heavy Armored Soldier
    You have to move from the start in this fight because he has 6 friends 
    shooting you and if one of his rocket blasts get you itís a lot of 
    damage youíll be taking, you may die before you can even recover.  
    Kill his friends first, you may want to use fire materia on his 
    friends in the catwalks to your left and right.  After you hurt him a 
    bit he drops the rocket launcher and uses a machine gun.  Stand behind 
    the boxes to avoid the spray of bullets.  The last stage he uses a 
    sword which is the easiest version to beat.  Just back up and fire as 
    he runs at you.
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    Chapter 4: Headquarters Under Siege..............................cha04
    
    Stage Missions
    
    Assist the WRO members!
    Hurry to the Command Center!
    Swiftly eliminate the reinforcement squad!
    
    Itís all action from the start during this mission.  While you are 
    waiting for the Mission Objective screen to go away you can pull out 
    your gun and just fire at anything it may auto aim at.  As soon as you 
    can see, however, train your gun onto the 2nd floor and take out the 
    rocket launcher up there.  Clean up the rest of the bad guys on the 
    first floor (there is one to your left, donít miss him) and run up the 
    steps, killing the guy that pops out.  Once upstairs, to the right are 
    some boxes with items, break them if you want.  Once you get back to 
    the steps, go left and when you take another left, look across the 
    building to the bridge on the 3rd floor.  Take out the rocket launcher 
    up there and the gunman who is shooting at you.  Turn right again and 
    blow up the barrel because it may get shot in the next fight when you 
    are standing next to it.  As you progress, 3 soldiers will appear 
    around the corner.  Kill them and move on where the next steps will be 
    blocked by a laser gate.  Keep going along floor 2 and kill the 
    enemies you encounter to get the key.  Head up and assist the WRO 
    members fighting on the 3rd floor.  Donít stand near them because a 
    rocket launcher will be shooting at you from the 4th floor to your 
    left and you donít want the explosion kill your allies.  Kill the 2 
    guards on the bridge and the rocket launcher and follow your WRO 
    members back to the open door.  Inside is a Limit Breaker, Shop 
    Machine, and bullets.  When you come out go along the path until you 
    come to another locked laser gate and kill the enemies who show up.  
    Use the door to your left to circumvent the gate.  A solder is in that 
    hallway as well as a mako field.  Head out and collect anything the 
    solders you killed dropped.  There is a mako field to your left once 
    you are outside.  Get it and head up the steps.  Once you are up you 
    will see 2 WRO members running from some enemies.  Kill the bad guys 
    and follow your WRO members.  Before you go anywhere though, look 
    across the building from the steps you just came up.  See that 
    explosive barrel?  Shoot it now, if you donít it will get shot in an 
    upcoming fight while several WRO members are standing next to it.  Run 
    across this floor and assist the members in a firefight.  Keep going 
    and save the last WRO member on this floor who is pinned against the 
    wall by 2 Deepground soldiers, one will drop a card key. Head up to 
    the top floor and take a left.  When the DG soldiers see you they will 
    jump onto the elevator.  Follow them down to the 3rd floor and kill 
    them.  Hop onto the elevator which will go back to the 4th floor and 
    get off on the opposite side (West).  Be careful on this next part.  
    You see ahead of you one of those mounted machine guns?  A DG soldier 
    will run and jump on it as you approach.  If youíre a crack shot you 
    can take him out, the best way to do it though is to use a fire 
    materia blast, or shoot the barrel next to him.  When he is dead, head 
    into the room.  After the cut scene you have 60 seconds to get to 
    Reeve to get the best rating on the special objective.  Follow the 
    green arrows on the wall and kill anyone who gets in your way.  Be 
    careful of the rocket launchers.  Head back and get the mako field and 
    bullets.  On your way out you will get another cut scene.  After it is 
    over, you may notice the door on the opposite side of the top floor 
    that was locked is now open.  If you head through the hall and make it 
    to the other end you can jump on the mounted gun and get a Special 
    Objective, which is to blast as many solders as you can as quickly as 
    you can.  This really screws your accuracy rating for this mission, so 
    itís up to you.   Head back to the first floor via the elevator, there 
    is a mako field on the 3rd level if you want to go get it, but youíll 
    have to climb the long way.  Head back to the shop machine in the 
    corner and buy anything you need.  After, go through the door and down 
    the hall.  Assist the WRO girls when you get to them and donít miss 
    the Limit Breaker and Bullets near them.  Keep going down until you 
    see several DG solders run past you, get behind them and take them out 
    before they kill your WRO allies.  The last one will drop a keycard.  
    Grab it and get the mana from your left.  Open the laser gate and you 
    will be faced with a long hall of DG soldiers.  The best bet is to 
    just blast into them with a fire materia, it will kill the soldiers 
    behind the shields.  Again, the last one in the hall will drop a 
    keycard.  You have 2 more soldiers to kill before you get to a shop 
    machine and a door to your right which will lead you to a fight with 
    the Tsviet, Shelke.
    
    Auto Save
    
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    Boss fight: Shelke
    She moves really fast, this is actually one of the tougher fights in 
    the game if you are inexperienced.  Double jump to avoid her charges 
    and if she gets too close melee her till she falls and back up, then 
    shoot when she regains her feet.  A few key crit shots and she goes 
    down really fast, but donít go zooming in on her because she will 
    destroy you if you do.  After she gets low she will step up her melee 
    attacks and they become even faster and more devastating.  If you want 
    to end it fast, use a Limit Break and go after her, beating her down 
    every time you get close.  If you use Limit Break before she gets 
    below 50% you can throw fireballs at her when sheís in a corner and 
    she canít ever recover.  That doesnít work, however, as soon as she 
    starts leaping off the walls to attack you.  Eventually youíll finish 
    her and you get another cut scene.
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    After you regain control, buy anything you need and head into the hall 
    for another encounter with Azul.
    
    Auto Save
    
    During the video, Vincent makes the only joke I think you may ever 
    hear come out of him, and then you are thrown into a fight withÖÖ
    
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    Boss fight: Azul the Cerulean
    This fight can be the easiest boss fight in the game if you do it 
    right.  You canít shoot Azul because even a critical hit to the head 
    causes minimal damage, however, the explosive barrels will kill him in 
    no time flat.  As soon as the fight starts aim at the barrel to his 
    left and blow it up.  Back up and blow up the other two near him and 
    then hide behind the pillar to your right.  Azul has 3 attacks.  He 
    will shoot his cannon at you, he will use a machine gun or he will 
    slam the ground causing a shockwave in all directions.  The pillar 
    will block all 3 quite nicely, though you may want to jump to avoid 
    his shock wave just in case.  Run out and pepper him with bullets if 
    you want, just take care not to get hit with his cannon.  If you can 
    position yourself correctly behind the pillar you can shoot him with a 
    sniper shot and he cant hit you, when he is standing still this is 
    great for racking up the critical hits.  Eventually Azul will walk to 
    the center near more exploding barrels, just wait for him to do that 
    and shoot them when he is near.  The bigger they are, the harder they 
    fall.
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    Chapter 5: Manor of Despair......................................cha05
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    Mission Objectives
    
    Eliminate the Sahagin!
    Sneak by the DG soldiers!
    Collect the Omega Report files!
    Deactivate the mines!
    
    As this mission opens Vincent finds out he is not alone in this sewer, 
    and one of the mission objectives is to kill all of the Sahagin.  They 
    are great targets because they run right at you and their weak point 
    is where the gun tends to auto aim, almost every shot yields a 
    critical hit.  The best strategy for killing multiple targets is to 
    back up and let them come at you and pick them off one at a time.  
    Kill the 3 in here and proceed down the hall, getting the items in the 
    rooms and killing the bad guy who jumps down at you.  To the right of 
    the laser gate is a ladder, go up and get the mana on top and jump 
    down.  In front and above you a mage like Sahagin will begin throwing 
    something at you, shoot him and several will jump down on top of you.  
    Kill them all and get the card key.  Keep moving through the sewer, 
    nothing you havenít seen 100 times already will happen, just look in 
    all directions for items, donít miss the Blizzard Materia to your 
    left.  Eventually one bad guy will give you a card key for a laser 
    gate on your left.  Inside you will fight a group of them and it will 
    lead to a case with 2500 gold.  Go across the sewer from there, up 2 
    ladders and kill all 3 monsters on top and use the switch to open the 
    gate.  Once that gate is open you can proceed to the next area, 
    explore some more and find the last few Sahagin to kill, the climb the 
    ladder past the gate you opened.  Once up the ladder, shoot the guard 
    you see at point blank range in the back of his head for a laugh, then 
    look above you.  Slowly move to the right and snipe the guard up there 
    and wait for his friend whom you will also kill.  On the other side of 
    the elevator are 2 more guards.  Past those 2 is a door you must duck 
    under.  Inside is a room with 500 gold and a power booster and an 
    infinite supply of Deepground soldiers.  Kill as many as you want for 
    XP, just remember your wasting a lot of health items.  Once you are 
    done, head back and get inside the elevator and step off on the 2nd 
    floor.  Take the mana behind the elevator and head down the hall, 
    killing the lone guard running up, and buy anything you need from the 
    machine.  Head back to the elevator and get off on the 3rd floor.  You 
    will cross a bridge in the next room and the door will slam in your 
    face, turn around and try to head back and the other door will close.  
    After this, the wall to the east will open and a series of soldiers 
    will come out to shoot you.  After you have killed them, the door will 
    close and the west side will open.  Kill that group and continue onÖ
    *Extra Hard Mode* Between the two groups inside the walls another 
    group drops down from the ceiling to attack you on the bridge you are 
    standing on.
    
    Auto Save
    
    Surprise! Now you get to play as Cait Sith for a short time.  Take a 
    right from the beginning and watch the video.  In this Stage Mission, 
    you canít let any DG guards see you.  Fortunately those helmets they 
    wear seem to severely impair their vision.  Wait for the first guard 
    to turn his back and get behind the box.  As he comes back toward you, 
    sneak by him and go to the end of the platform.  Jump as far as you 
    can off and try to land on either the platform below you or the pipes 
    before it.  If you fall donít worry, just climb the ladder back up.  
    Now you will need to get past 2 guards.  When they both have their 
    back turned follow the one on your right and get behind the box at the 
    end of his walking pattern.  Get close to that ladder and watch the 
    cut scene.  No guards can see you from where you are standing now so 
    donít worry.  Look down.  There is a guard below you who walks back 
    and forth.  To your left are pipes leading up and you can see an 
    exploding barrel behind them.  You need to jump behind those pipes 
    when the guard below you has his back turned.  Careful not to go too 
    far though, because there is another guard on the other side who 
    wanders back and forth.  When that guard has turned around, move 
    toward the barrel and get a short cut scene.  When the timing is 
    right, walk up to it and push it at the guard to kill him. Careful not 
    to accidentally jump instead of pushing it or youíll be seen.  If you 
    are, you can always restart from the beginning of the Cait Sith 
    mission, or make a mad scramble to the pipe.  Once that guard is dead 
    move down the path to the 2nd exploding barrel and another guard 
    beyond it.  Push it when both he and the first guard have their backs 
    turned and dash across.  Climb the boxes and jump behind the 2 guards 
    and climb into the pipe.  In the next area, wait till the guard on 
    your right heads around the pillar and run to your left, jumping over 
    the barrel, and push it on the guard below when he is in position.  
    Move past this area and time your next dash between the 2 guards 
    walking in a circle.  Jump into the pipe in your right.
    
    Auto Save
    
    Back to Vincent.  Head across the hall using the shop machine if you 
    need, but trigger the cut scene with Lucrecia.  A new Stage Mission 
    now becomes available, to find all of the Omega Report Files.  There 
    are 4 total.  Iíll guide you to them.  You have one already from the 
    cut scene, so no need to worry about that.  Start by going to the east 
    room and collecting the items there, kill the 3 guards.  Head back to 
    the room you regained control of Vincent in and head south.   A 
    soldier and his pet robot dog will attack you, and in the room to the 
    left is a potion.  Head to the right and open the sliding doors, kill 
    the soldier who runs in.  Exit the wooden door.  Across the hall is a 
    3 room area with 1 soldier and a mako field.  After that, head west, 
    kill the soldier and dog in this hall and enter the room on your left, 
    with a Limit Break and Bullets. Beyond that room is another with a 
    soldier and dog and behind the last bookshelf is the second omega 
    report.  Back into the hall, head east this time and keep going until 
    the end and you enter an area that looks like a cave.  There is a door 
    on your left here and inside may look familiar to the fans of the 
    Final Fantasy 7 RPG.  Square-Enix missed a great opportunity for a 
    nostalgic moment here, as this is where you meet Vincent for the first 
    time in the old game.  All they did was put a weak ninja type soldier 
    in the coffin where Vincent slept for 30 years.  Kill the guy and get 
    his 1000 gil drop.  Keep moving into the cave, killing the guards as 
    they show up.  When you get past the laser gate, it activates and a 
    Stage Mission begins.  You must deactivate 4 mines in the time limit.  
    Itís actually rather simple.  Walk until the beeping becomes fast and 
    then slow down, but keep moving forward.  When the mine appears, back 
    up a few steps and shoot it.  There are 4 total, 2 on the right wall, 
    1 on the left, and one in front of the laser gate on the other side of 
    the cave.  The last one you kill will drop a card key.  The next area 
    has a moving bridge you must activate to get across.  It doesnít go 
    all the way across and you have to jump the last 2 feet.  You may want 
    to fall down once though to kill the dog and get the mana down there.  
    Keep going after this until you see a group of guards wandering by an 
    exploding barrel.  Shoot it and take them all out at once.  The door 
    to the left of the charred guards leads to an area with a shop 
    machine, mako field, and a few items, and eventually back to where we 
    started this part of the level.  When you have got what you need, head 
    back to the cave and continue on.  You will come to a room where 2 
    ninjas and a gunner will run at you, take them out and as you enter 
    the next area 2 guards will be shooting you from above.  Using a fire 
    materia is the best way to get rid of them fast.  Head up the spiral 
    steps and kill the 2 guards at the top and the 2 more that run in at 
    the same time you do.  The upstairs rooms of the Shinra Mansion have a 
    few items, make sure you kill the guards down below as you head into 
    the main area, and make sure you kill the guard in the far west room 
    to get the third Omega report.  Once downstairs, more guards will 
    spawn above you.  After you kill them, head all the way east, then 
    north, and behind the bookshelf is the final Omega Report.  The only 
    place left to go is west from the downstairs area.  Through the next 
    few rooms you will fight guards and eventually you will run into Rosso 
    the Crimson, who loves to monologue.  After listening to her talk for 
    far too long, there will be a chase scene that leads back to the main 
    room of the Shinra mansion (make sure to jump over the mines).
    
    Auto Save
    
    Here you will fight the Chapter 5 boss.
    
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    Boss fight: Black Widow
    Another fight against a machine.  The secret to this boss is to never 
    stop moving.  He has 2 very mean attacks that can combo to take you 
    out in a snap.  As the fight starts he will charge you, knocking you 
    over if he hits you.  You have to keep strafing around him and 
    shooting.  If you run into a wall, start strafing back the way you 
    came, just donít stop moving and donít move in a direct line away from 
    him; always try to run in circles.  He will periodically stop and use 
    his beam cannon on you, which is easy to dodge if you just keep 
    moving, but will do tons of damage if it hits you.  After a while he 
    will climb up on the wall and shoot you with his machine gun.  You may 
    not even want to attempt to avoid this, especially if you decided to 
    buy the M Cerberus with additional ammo capacity.  Just trade bullets 
    and you will come out on the winning end.  Just make sure to start 
    running if you see his beam cannon charging.  What you want is for him 
    to crawl to the roof.  When he does that unload everything on him and 
    he will fall on his head, exposing his critical weak spot.  Shoot him 
    over and over if that happens.  While he is on his head, if you want 
    to end the fight in 10 seconds, switch to Limit Break mode and melee 
    him to death.  It just depends on how well your fights going, if you 
    have managed to avoid taking damage up to that point itís probably not 
    necessary.
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    Chapter 6: Deepground Strikes Back...............................cha06
    
    Mission Objectives:
    
    Destroy the helicopters attacking the base!
    Assist the WRO members!
    
    As the chapter opens you will fight 3 rocket launching robots at once, 
    just keep moving and it shouldnít be a problem, make sure not to get 
    too close after you kill one or you will take explosion damage.  Get 
    the card key and head past the machine shop.  You will follow a path 
    through the woods, get out your rifle and snipe the guard dogs as you 
    see them, many times you can kill them before they see you.  You will 
    also pass a group of odd looking birds, I donít know if they are 
    supposed to be chocobos or not.  Shoot them if you want, they drop red 
    potions.
    *Extra Hard Mode* At the end of this ravine there is a giant pink bull 
    (Dualhorn) who will charge you.  You canít kill him, so duck behind a 
    rock and wait for him to go by; if he hits you it causes massive 
    damage. 
    
    *** update ***
    It would appear you can kill this bull; I did it by running through 
    the ravine with all the dogs on my tail and stopping just short of 
    where the dual horn spawns, then killing all the dogs at once to get 
    my combo meter up.  When the dual horn passed by I used the Ultimate 
    Weapon with the best medium barrel.  I hit his weak spot by standing 
    about 2 feet away when he passed by me.  It only took about 4 shots.  
    When you kill him you get the new weapon accessory, Manaheart, which 
    gradually replenishes mana.
    ***
    
    Eventually you will come to a cave with a beetle inside of it.  Kill 
    it and move on slowly, taking out the 2 guards you hear talking.  
    After that, stop and look to your right, you will see a camp of DG 
    soldiers below you.  Your first target should be an explosive barrel 
    on the right side, after that use your rifle to look across the camp.  
    There is a hole and inside are several more of the beetles you just 
    killed.  Shoot them immediately after you shoot the explosive barrel 
    and they will run out and attack the surviving DG soldiers.  Pick off 
    anyone whose left during the confusion.  When you jump down, 2 
    soldiers will pop out from the tent to the left.  Kill anything left 
    in the camp and stock up on bullets at the shop machine.   Head into 
    the cave and assist the WRO members under assault at the end of the 
    path.  Aim for the barrels and use your rifle.  After you have 
    finished them off comes a Mission Objective, which is to kill the 
    helicopters who are attacking the WRO base, there are 15 total, they 
    attack in groups of 1 to 3 at a time.  You can use the mounted machine 
    gun to kill them, but a long barrel Cerberus is just as effective.  
    Additionally, if you use the mounted machine gun the missiles fired by 
    the approaching helicopters will cause damage to the WRO members who 
    will be standing next to you.  If you use the mounted gun, make sure 
    to jump out when you see missiles coming for you.  You will know when 
    you have killed a helicopter because the number on your screen will 
    advance, but it wonít crash, it will just fly off.  Donít waste 
    bullets by shooting at it after its dead, even though the WRO members 
    do.  The helicopters attack from 4 directions.  Here is the order:
    First one from the NE
    Second from the NE
    Third from the NE
    Fourth from the NE
    Fifth from the SW
    Sixth from the SE
    Seventh from the NW
    Eighth from the NE
    Nine from NW
    Ten from NE
    Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen from the NE together
    Fourteen and Fifteen from the NE together
    You may want to use the mounted gun for the last 2 because helicopter 
    15 has a lot of HP.  After the last one flies around a bit he drops 3 
    heavy armored swordsman.  Kill them and get the cardkey they drop and 
    move into the base.  When you come back outside, kill the guard in 
    front of you and the dog on the crate ahead of you and run to your 
    left behind the crate, killing the guard who will start shooting you 
    from the ground.  Be quick here because 2 snipers are on the bridge 
    ahead of you.  Get a location on them (they are just to the right of 
    the middle) and kill them with your rifle.  Move to the left and keep 
    your gun trained on the bridge, another sniper will appear.  When all 
    the initial guards are dead, move forward and more will spawn.  Just 
    run back behind the trailer and take them out with your rifle, there 
    are seven or eight of them.  Try to move forward again and you will be 
    delayed again by several dogs.  Now move forward.  On the second half 
    of this bridge you will be attacked by another dozen or so guards, 
    only this time you canít be as conservative because WRO members are 
    also under fire.  It really just requires quick action and good 
    shooting to come out of this situation with all your allies alive and 
    most of your health.  Donít miss the sniper on the bridge above you.  
    When all enemies are dealt with, head inside the open door and get 
    ready for some fancy shooting.  A WRO member will be under fire from 
    DG soldiers, and everyone is standing in a narrow hall with explosive 
    barrels all around.  If you run in guns blazing you will hit a barrel 
    and kill your ally along with the DG soldiers.  Just do your best to 
    quickly get a bead on the enemies and take them out.  Get the 1000 gil 
    and put on your long barrel weapon and head out.  You come to another 
    bridge like the one you just passed with crates randomly strewn about.  
    2 soldiers will pop out from your left as soon as you exit the base.  
    Kill them and the 2 more soldiers behind the crates.  Then take out 
    the 2 dogs and get the card key.  Head back into the base once again.
    
    Auto Save
    
    In this next area you will be attacked by DG soldiers hiding all over 
    the place, which includes on the rafters above you.  As you move 
    forward, more will spawn, so make sure to kill everyone you see before 
    heading deeper into the room.  After all are dead, slowly head up the 
    steps.  Donít move more than 1 pace past the stairs and turn to your 
    right.  Make sure to stay as close to the edge of the building as 
    possible so as not to trigger the next boss fight, its best to try and 
    walk along the lip of the cliff that looks like a rusted iron support.  
    Follow around and move to where you saw the soldiers shooting you from 
    above.  There is a case up there with 5000 gil.  Grab it and head back 
    for another fight with the Black Widow.
    
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    Boss fight: Black Widow II
    Same guy as before really, only this time he has 4 soldiers to help 
    him.  If this is Normal mode you should be able to take them out with 
    1 shot, so if your strafing skills are up to par you can just move in 
    a circle around him and take out the guards as they come into your 
    field of vision.  There are a few things you can do to this boss.  You 
    can use the same strategy as last time and run circles around him, 
    avoiding his charges and beam cannon, just try not to fall off the 
    platform.  You can Limit Break and melee him to death real fast.  His 
    weak spot is under him, and if you can get him positioned to fire at 
    you while you are standing on the steps leading up to the platform you 
    can get repeated critical hits from below him.  You can also run back 
    to where I told you to get the case with 5000 gil and hop on a mounted 
    machine gun and blast away.  That is dangerous though because you 
    canít avoid his beam cannon if he decides to use it.  You must also 
    use the mounted gun to blast any incoming missiles because you canít 
    avoid those either.  Whatever you pick, he isnít any harder than 
    before.
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    Auto Save
    
    You are now in the ruined WRO building, get the mako field behind you 
    and go down the hall, there is a DG soldier around the first corner.  
    When you open the door ahead of you there is a big fight going on.  
    Your first target should be the rocket launcher to your left.  After 
    that pick off the regular soldiers one by one and move fast so you can 
    save your allies.  Head into the room beyond and kill the 4 DG enemies 
    you will encounter in this hall.  Keep going and watch the long cut 
    scene.  Mission over.  Either way you choose to allocate your XP 
    points for chapter 6, I suggest you donít spend any money yet, because 
    there is a shop machine in the next chapter which sells items you 
    canít buy at other shop machines and it sells bullets for 10% of their 
    normal price.
    
    Chapter 7: The Shera.............................................cha07
    --------------------
    
    A breather chapter, there are no enemies to fight.  When you have 
    control of Vincent, go talk to any of the crew you want, none of them 
    say anything relevant.  Head outside and to your right is Yuffie, talk 
    to her and keep going to the right, past the door you will come to and 
    to the end of the hall.  Inside is Shelke, talk to her and then leave.  
    Go back to the door you passed.  The discount shop machine is here; 
    you can buy and do any upgrades you need.  Talk to Reeve and then 
    watch the cut scene that unfolds.
    
    Auto Save
    
    When you have control again, go talk to Cid 2 times, Yuffie, and then 
    talk to Reeve until Cait Sith tells you to go get some rest.  Go back 
    and talk to Shelke again and then head back to where Yuffie is, go 
    into the door you havenít entered yet and down into the engine room.  
    As you try and leave, another cut scene occurs ending this chapter.
    
    *Note* Chapter 8 is divided into 2 sections
    
    Chapter 8:  Midgar Assault.......................................cha8a
    --------------------------
    
    Mission objectives for part 1
    
    Escort the WRO squad to the central complex!
    Save the surviving WRO members!
    Defeat the Deepground commander!
    
    Many areas of this chapter are a maze, as the majority of it occurs in 
    the Midgar train graveyard.  Iíll do the best I can to guide you.  As 
    the level opens you will see 2 WRO members ahead of you who run into a 
    line of bullets and get mowed down.  I donít think itís possible to 
    save them.  Shoot the barrel on the right side of the group of enemies 
    to take them all out at once.  There is 2000 gil behind a crate in the 
    SW corner of this area.  Move until you see a shop machine and a group 
    of WRO soldiers who are lost, you have to escort them to their 
    commander.  After the initial fight with the DG soldiers you encounter 
    after agreeing to help the WRO keep moving past the open door and 
    rescue the WRO soldier who is hiding behind the box, then come back 
    and head inside.  Through the hallway is an area with a group of DG 
    soldiers waiting for you.  Kill them with 2 blasts from fire materia 
    and get the card key.  Outside is another fight.  There is a sniper on 
    the tower behind you.  Keep going until the next cut scene and another 
    fight begins.  When you have control again, turn around and head back 
    up the way you came and kill the guards sneaking up behind you, then 
    run back and assist the WRO members with the remaining DG guards.  
    After all of them are dead, walk to the laser gate.  You donít have 
    the card key yet so turn around and head back the way you came.  A 
    heavy armed swordsman will drop down.  Kill him and get the card key.  
    There is another fight in the next alley, if you run ahead far enough 
    you can take out all the soldiers before your allies even show up.  
    Keep going to the laser gate and when the WRO members get there, they 
    will be assaulted by guard machines like the ones in the training 
    mission.  Kill them all (fire materia works great) and get the card 
    key.  Head inside.
    
    Auto Save
    
    As you exit the building, look up and to your right. There is a sniper 
    on the tower.  There is a mako field behind the train ahead of you 
    here; you have to jump over some boxes to get there.  
    
    *Extra Hard Mode* there is also 10000 gil in a case behind these boxes
    
    There is 2000 gil behind the tower you shot the sniper on, grab it and 
    head to the right at the fork.  Get the 2000 gil in this area and head 
    back to take a left.  Jump inside the abandoned train and head inside.  
    When you jump out, look for 2 more snipers on another tower to the NW.  
    When you have killed them head along the path until you reach a point 
    where you see 2 WRO members shooting at some enemies who are behind a 
    train.  Do not run out to assist them.  Look to your right.  You will 
    see another tower.  On top is a foursome of DG soldiers with mounted 
    machine guns, one facing each direction.  You need to snipe/fire 
    materia the 2 that can shoot you from here.  Next, use your rifle and 
    crouch down, but do NOT approach the 2 soldiers under fire.  Turn to 
    the train blocking your view of the soldiers currently shooting at 
    your allies.  If you run too close to the WRO members they will 
    automatically be blown to bits by a rocket launcher.  If you are in 
    the crouched position with the scope on though, you can see the legs 
    of the soldiers they are fighting.  You need to kill the soldiers by 
    shooting them from under the train.  You will know when it is safe to 
    approach because your WRO allies will stop fighting and move to 
    positions of safety behind the train.  Afterwards, as you move 
    forward, a group of soldiers runs out to fight you.  For some reason 
    in this game, Vincent can not hit targets which are moving into a 
    fighting position to save his life.  So back up and wait for them to 
    all get ready for you, then run out and kill them.  Around the next 
    corner are 4 WRO members being attacked by the 2 remaining mounted 
    machine guns.  Kill them as fast as possible; else you will lose some 
    allies.  Under the tower is a box with another 2000 gil.  In the next 
    building are 3 DG soldiers and another 2000 gil.  Once you exit, the 
    next area has no enemies, but another 2000 gil and a limit breaker can 
    be found here.  Go into the next building.  2000 more gil on your 
    right, and another 2000 on the west wall.  Eventually you will enter a 
    train with a soldier who is apparently blind.  He tells you he 
    searched all over for the exit but could not find it, despite the fact 
    that it is 2 feet away.  Shelke helps you out and you can use the shop 
    machine here before you enter the next area with a mini boss fight.
    
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    Mini-Boss fight:  Deepground Commander
    The only thing that makes this challenging is the number of enemies.  
    Take out his normal soldier bodyguards and ignore the rocket machines, 
    just make sure to keep moving so you donít get blasted.  After the 
    soldiers are dead, kill the machines and then focus on the Commander.  
    Youíll get really tired of hearing him yell ďHAIL WEISSĒ over and over 
    again and you want to kill him just to shut him up.  After his initial 
    group of allies has been slain, he summons 3 heavy armored swordsmen.  
    He has quite a few HP, but heís nothing special.  Get his card key and 
    the 2000 gil behind the train to the east.
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    Go back and buy anything you may have consumed during the fight from 
    the shop machine and head into the underground alley.  Get your sniper 
    rifle out and turn to your left, getting against the wall.  Turn 
    around and look at the soldiers at the other side of the tunnel.  
    Snipe the one in the middle and if you can kill him in 1 shot he wonít 
    warn the others in the hallway beyond.  Kill his 2 friends, and if he 
    did get to yell out, kill the heavy armored swordsmen who come in to 
    help.  If he did not call a warning, snipe the 2 swordsman when they 
    arenít looking in the next hallway, and use the fire materia to kill 
    the enemies who run in at the end of the final area.  Now you are back 
    outside.  If you take a left you come to a train with a shop machine 
    inside of it and 2000 gil beyond.  To the right is a mako field.  When 
    you are ready, head to the center of this area and to the North, you 
    will encounter another boss fight here.
    
    Auto Save
    
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    Boss fight: Shrikes
    
    This fight is very annoying.  These guys share a collective life bar 
    like the Pegasus Riders, so you only need to hit each one a few times.  
    In the beginning, try and take at least one out before they have a 
    chance to split up and you lose line of sight on them.  The best thing 
    to do, as soon as the battle starts, is to target one and shoot it 
    while you are backing up as far as you can.  They all fly over your 
    head and if you keep them in your range of vision at the beginning, 
    you can take out 3 or even 4 before they break formation and begin 
    traveling in random patterns.  Eventually they will be flying all over 
    the place shooting you from all different directions.  Use your damage 
    indicator map to see where they are coming from and search the sky for 
    targets.  You may be tempted to stand next to the trains to prevent 
    taking damage from all directions, but this severely impairs your own 
    vision and you lose sight of targets much too fast.  Just keep moving 
    and blast away when you get one in your crosshairs, none can last more 
    than a few hits.
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    This is the end of part one of chapter 8, you allocate your XP points 
    and upgrade here.
    
    Chapter 8, part 2: Fight for the Central Complex.................cha8b
    ------------------------------------------------
    
    Mission Objectives
    
    Avoid the aerial mines!
    Destroy the robotic assault units!
    Assist the WRO members!
    Defeat the sentry robots!
    
    Follow the WRO members and kill the 3 guards on your left, getting the 
    card key.  Open up the laser gate and as you walk through a horde of 
    enemy soldiers will attack.  Just kill them as best you can, once 
    again, fire materia to the rescue.  Follow the route and take out the 
    enemy soldiers until you get to another group of WRO soldiers.  At 
    this point a stream of DG soldiers will come out of the room to the 
    left.  You can use the mounted machine gun to kill them, but it is 
    much more efficient to just blast them as they run out of the room one 
    by one.  
    
    *Extra Hard Mode* There will be 3 mounted machine guns the DG soldiers 
    will use as they run out of the hallway.  The best thing to do is get 
    behind them so the enemy soldiers will be in a crossfire between you 
    and your WRO allies.  Snipe them, as they seem to have trouble 
    targeting you when you are that close.
    
    Continue until you reach a ladder and you are thrown into a Mission 
    Objective of avoiding the floating mines.  It is not that hard, just 
    wait until more than 1 laser gate is down in a row to minimize the 
    amount of time spent in their path.  Halfway through, a DG soldier 
    will appear in front of you, shoot him before he begins blasting.  
    Continue on and assist the WRO members against the DG soldiers in the 
    next room.  Follow the soldiers who run into the next area.
    
    Auto Save
    
    Here you must destroy the assault robot before he reaches the end of 
    the hall.  Itís no big deal if you fail.  The only way to do it is to 
    run all the way to the steps before he enters the hallway and shoot 
    his weak underside before he comes down, scoring a few critical hits, 
    then back up and fire while he chases you to finish him off.  If he 
    makes it to your WRO allies they will die, and if he runs into you he 
    blows up for big damage.  After the next shop machine is a soldier at 
    the end of the hallway with a mounted machine gun.  If you can 
    position yourself exactly right, you can snipe him between the pipes 
    on the wall and he canít hit you.  Alternatively you can use Limit 
    Break and your defense is so high he can hardly hurt you as you run 
    down the hall after him.  Kill him and head back the way you came into 
    a room with a maze of laser gates.  If you look closely, in this room 
    are several black mines, shooting them deactivates certain gates.  
    There are 5 total, they arenít hard to find.  Shoot them all and get 
    2000 gil and a Hi-potion.  Go back to the mounted machine gun.  For a 
    bit of fun, you can hop on and about 10 DG soldiers come running down 
    the hall after you.  This part is completely optional.  Up the ladder, 
    kill the girl that comes out of the room to the right.  Put on your 
    rifle and run past the room she came out of to the WRO soldiers.  You 
    must duck and use your scope to kill the DG soldiers who attack your 
    allies here; you need to fend them off until the WRO have managed to 
    open the lock.  The super high tech strategy for opening it is to 
    whack it 40 times with the butt of your gun.  After this is over, 
    follow the soldiers down the hall and save them from the assault.  DG 
    soldiers will shoot down barrels, you have to shoot them many times to 
    blow them up, and you need to blow them up before they reach the 
    bottom, else your allies will be killed.  Once you are done here, head 
    up and get the items, especially the G-Report file.  There are 3 of 
    these in the game and if you want the ďsecretĒ ending, you need to get 
    all 3.  More details on this at the bottom of this guide.  Head back 
    to the room you passed before and kill the half dozen soldiers inside, 
    and head into the elevator.
    *Extra Hard Mode* in addition to the fact that there are more soldiers 
    in this room.  A mine will be dropped every few seconds from the 
    ceiling.  You have to keep moving or it will blow up and do about 50% 
    damage to you.
    Up the elevator there is another suicide machine you have to kill 
    before it reaches your allies.  Good luck with this one.  You can run 
    into it and blow it up yourself before it kills the WRO members if you 
    want to save their lives.  Up the steps is another Mission Objective.  
    You have to kill all the sentry robots.  Just run into the elevator 
    but donít hit the button.  They canít follow you and you can shoot 
    them.
    *Extra Hard Mode* Apparently Square-Enix knew about that trick because 
    there is a laser gate in front of the elevator.  Oh well, they are 
    just sentry robots.
    Get in the elevator and equip your rifle.  Once upstairs, donít come 
    out of the elevator yet because there are more sentry robots.  Use the 
    rifle to snipe the 2 rocket launcher enemies at the end of the hall.  
    Just move back and forth to avoid the rockets.  Once they are dead 
    head out of the elevator and spawn more sentry robots.  Use the same 
    trick as before to kill them.  Down the hall is another shop machine, 
    use it before you exit the area and you will encounter...
    
    An Auto Save!
    and also...
    
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    Boss fight: Bloodburst Rosso
    Listen to her flap her gums again and after an eternity she will start 
    attacking you.  You need to be constantly moving to avoid the bullets, 
    and make sure to be ready to double jump out of the way when she 
    charges.  She can be hard to target because she sprints around so 
    fast, but just keep strafing and wear her down.  There are lots of 
    ammo boxes around, so you can pick up anything you are low on.  After 
    she is hurt about 20% she talks some more and then rejoins the fight.  
    Now she starts hurling slow arcing discs at you, they are harder to 
    avoid than missiles, but can be done with quick dashing or jumping at 
    the last second.  Another way to avoid them is to fight near the giant 
    pipes and move Vincent so the discs crash into them instead of him.  
    Listen to her totally sexy and never tedious Russian accent as she 
    taunts you over and over and over and over again during the fight.  
    Use the same strategy as described above, just being careful to avoid 
    her discs and her other new attack, which sends a streak of light 
    toward you in a quickly moving line that will knock you over if it 
    hits you.  If you use Limit break and can get her pinned against the 
    wall, you can hurl fireballs over and over and she can never get up.  
    You should be able to outlast her with a full assortment of items.  
    Just stay far away and use a long barrel, and keep moving.  After you 
    beat her, more talking and she commits suicide just before Vincent 
    slits his own wrists so he can stop hearing her voice.  End of chapter 
    8. 
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    Once again, donít buy any items at the break between 8 and 9; just do 
    the upgrades if you can afford them.
    
    Chapter 9: An Empire in Ruins....................................cha09
    -----------------------------
    
    Mission Objectives
    
    Collect top secret Deepground data files!
    Destroy the surveillance mines!
    
    Begin the mission by running and collecting all the items you can from 
    the courtyard, then head to the shop machine and get the items you 
    need.  Head inside and take care of the ninjas in here.  When you 
    reach the east side of the 2nd floor, a group of enemies will run in 
    from the entrance of the building.  Kill them as they come through the 
    door.  Head up to the third floor and drop down the elevator shaft 
    after you get the 1000 gil case.  Head through the hallway area, 
    killing the bugs who jump at you and Vincent will shoot out a grate to 
    lead him to the next level down.  In this new hallway as you walk 
    forward a dog and 2 soldiers will come around the corner.  In the next 
    room soldiers will run in on the top walkway and start to shoot you.  
    More will come from the other side after that.  Continue into the next 
    room with the bug on the window.  Another will drop from the ceiling.  
    In the next room a bug is guarding a mega potion, if you shoot him a 
    group of them will drop from the ceiling.  Keep going and shoot the 
    barrel you see when the DG soldiers run out in front of it.  In the 
    next room a dog will jump over the lockers to attack you and more 
    soldiers are on the other side.  Keep going until you reach a room 
    with no enemies in it and several exploding barrels and boxes.  Donít 
    shoot any of them.  As you enter the room, a DG soldier will run in 
    from up top. Kill him quickly.  Now look up.  See that case floating 
    in mid air?  If you havenít already blown the barrel under it to bits, 
    jump on top of it and then double-jump to get the 5000 gil inside the 
    case.  In the next hallway, you will get a quick cut scene of bugs 
    landing behind you.  Use a fire materia blast to take them all out and 
    then run down the hall.  The bugs will spawn forever here, your only 
    choice to get away is to open the 2 doors and run into the next room 
    past the mako field where you will fight a boss.
    
    Auto Save
    
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    Boss fight:  Black Widow TW
    Deepground loves these machines.  This time there are 2, one on the 
    ceiling and one below it.  This encounter is probably the easiest of 
    the 3 however.  If you have the Quantum Cerberus you can take out each 
    robot with 1 clip, you may not ever even have to move.  Target only 
    the lower one at first and just blast it to death.  Your strategy 
    shouldnít be any different than before, you just have less room to 
    move around here.  I suggest staying in front of both of them the 
    whole time however, the BW on the roof will drop bombs if you run near 
    him.  After the lower one is dead get the one on the roof.  Heís 
    pretty easy.
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    Get in the elevator and head down.  Your new mission objective is to 
    find the secret Deepground files, there are 5.  There is no map here 
    so Iíll just say start by going in a clockwise direction.  The first 
    corner room has sentry robots and a Limit Breaker/Mako Field.  The 
    next room has no enemies, just 3000 gil.  Next you will see a door, 
    donít go through yet.  The next room has 2 guard dogs and a DG 
    soldier, and a case with machine gun bullets.  The last room has the 
    first Top Secret File.  Now go back through the door you passed.  
    Through the next hallway are 2 flying soldiers, they have far fewer HP 
    than the boss ones you fought earlier, just shoot both of them twice 
    and they will go down.  The next 2 rooms have normal soldiers; you can 
    deal with them, but make sure to grab the second Top Secret File in 
    the room with the 2 dogs and female DG soldier.  As you walk around 
    the next hallway, 2 soldiers will pop out and run away from you, just 
    shoot them in the back.  More soldiers come out of the next door and 
    then you get to another cut scene.  After this you have a map of the 
    complex.  The next area leads to an elevator and a new Mission 
    Objective, which is to destroy the floating mines.  Do not get too 
    close to them when you shoot because they blow up.  If you blow up one 
    while itís near another, it will chain kill them. Once you are down 
    the elevator, head out the door and across the bridge.  The next door 
    leads to a large room that is sub-divided into 4 smaller rooms.  In 
    the First, second, and fourth rooms you will have to fight DG soldiers 
    who are so well entrenched you will probably lose a lot of life in the 
    process if you donít do it right.  To beat them, you need to get into 
    the room before they do and shoot them as they come through the door.  
    If you waste all your potions go back to the shop machine at the 
    bridge you passed to get here.  The final 3 Top Secret Files are in 
    this area as well, in the first, third and fourth room.  The next 
    hallway has soldiers who shoot you from behind shields.  If you have 
    the mana, a few fire materia blasts will take care of them, otherwise 
    youíll have to snipe them.  The next bridge leads to another elevator 
    with mines to kill.  This time, however, they move faster and pass 
    overhead, which means if you blow them up while they are above you, 
    youíll take lots of damage.  Also, soldiers come to shoot you on the 
    way down.  At the bottom head out and into a room with 3 heavy armored 
    swordsmen.  Just run away from them and shoot them.  Go through the 
    next hallway, and in the next room you fight 2 rocket launcher enemies 
    in close proximity.  Donít get hit with 1 missile because a second is 
    always close behind.  Use the exploding barrels.  Travel again down 
    the hall, killing the enemies as they pop out until you reach a room 
    with a shop machine.  The next room has the final boss of this level.
    
    Auto Save
    
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    Boss Fight: Neo Azul/Arch Azul
    His first form is exactly like has old form, except you can damage him 
    for normal damage instead of being forced to shoot barrels.  Use the 
    same strategy, heís super easy.  The fight becomes challenging when he 
    switches to Arch Azul, the bull on crack.  He will charge you and ram 
    you with his head if you get too far away, it can be dodged but itís 
    hard.  He also canít be damaged by bullets.  You have to melee him to 
    death.  The problem is that when you get too close to his head he 
    swipes you for big damage, and if you try to approach anywhere else he 
    swing his tail around for even bigger damage.  The secret is to run in 
    to his front side and hold for a split second, then run out again 
    which will trigger him to use his claw swipe.  After he does that jump 
    in and 3 hit combo him while you are in the air, then wait around in 
    front of him again until it is time to dodge him claw swipe.  If you 
    are good enough you can get him in a forever loop like this and as 
    long as you dodge his claw every time, you can kill him and he wonít 
    even move.  I usually 3 hit combo him, when I land I turn a circle on 
    the directional stick as fast as I can and end with me facing away 
    from him, then I run away just in time to avoid the claw.  I jump back 
    in for another 3 hit combo and repeat the process.  Your Limit Breaker 
    form does a lot more melee damage, but it is harder to avoid his 
    attacks because after you slam the ground you are vulnerable.  The 
    difference being that it only takes 3 or 4 rounds of melee attacks to 
    finish him in Limit Break form, even on Extra Hard mode.  After you 
    get him low you can use ice materia to finish him off.  Also, after he 
    gets below 50% he starts using a missile attack.  You will see him 
    charge energy from his horns and shoot them at you, they arenít hard 
    to dodge.
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    Chapter 10: Shinraís Dark Secret.................................cha10
    --------------------------------
    
    Mission Objectives
    
    Eliminate the pursuers!
    Swiftly neutralize the enemy onslaught!
    Defeat 100 enemies!
    
    As the mission opens, you are on a platform overlooking an underground 
    city.  As you walk forward, you will have to kill a swarm of 
    gargoyles.  They can be hard to find sometimes.  After you kill them 
    all and the soldiers that pop out, you get a card key.  Jump down, 
    kill more bad guys and head down the hall with the mako field.  When 
    you come out you will be on a platform with 2 soldiers on the steps 
    below facing the other way.  Snipe them real quick but donít head down 
    the stairs just yet.  See that case ahead of you in the crevice? There 
    is another crevice to the left of it.  Take a note of it  Also, do not 
    shoot the barrels on the far side of the room.  Now head down and a 
    soldier will start shooting you from the platform to your left.  Kill 
    him.  As you run down the steps, a laser gate will activate and 2 
    aerial mines will pop out, only these start spraying bullets in all 
    directions and moving back and forth.  These things have a lot of HP 
    and the best way to avoid getting hurt is to run into that crevice I 
    pointed out and shoot them as they fly by.  The bullets rarely hit you 
    there.  Once again though, if you kill them when they are too close 
    you will take damage.  Get the card key and jump down, try to avoid 
    the barrels that will start rolling at you.  On the next platform 
    there are many items to grab, but a DG soldier grabs them first.  If 
    you can kill him before he gets them I tip my hat to you, I have never 
    been able to.  Keep moving along and when another laser gate blocks 
    your way, a heavy armored swordsman will advance on you from behind 
    and several DG solders will start shooting you from the other 
    direction.  Your best bet is to kill the swordsman before he gets to 
    you, he drops the card key.  Now turn around and take care of the 
    gunners.  You can do this quickly by shooting the barrels above them, 
    which will fall and explode.  If you already blew up the barrels, I 
    guess you just have to take them out the old fashion way.  In the next 
    area you encounter some of the most annoying enemies in the game; a 
    soldier who canít be killed with bullets.  The have the protection 
    spell on them.  When you begin the fight, take out the commander in 
    the center who CAN be killed with bullets, it will just take several 
    shots to the head, the dude has a lot of HP.  Then go around and melee 
    the other 4, you can also use magic on them.  In the next room, before 
    you jump down, you can snipe the 3 guards you will see walking around.  
    Make your way down to the bottom floor, more guards jump out at each 
    level.  Get the card key and head back up to the laser gate.  Once you 
    are in the next hallway, move slowly into the room and some bullets 
    will rain down from above.  After the spray, move forward to the next 
    corner and as you turn, more bullets come down.  Then run to the end 
    of the hall.
    
    Auto Save
    
    Jump on the cart and away you go.  You have a mission objective here 
    to eliminate the enemy pursuers.  You can shoot them or the cart they 
    are on.  I suggest the cart because that also counts as one of the 
    targets to eliminate and if it dies, so do they.  The last pursuer is 
    a helicopter.  I think it follows the same rules as the ones from 
    chapter 6.  Even if you destroy it, it wonít stop flying its route.  
    Every single time I have killed it, it died at the last possible 
    second, I donít think that is a coincidence, just that I had done 
    enough damage throughout the chase that it was considered dead long 
    before it blew up.
    
    *** update *** Upon replaying this part, I did in fact confirm the 
    helicopter will die automatically at the end of the chase, assuming 
    you did enough damage to him
    ***
    So just shoot it until it moves out of your line of sight behind some 
    buildings and when it comes back and starts blowing up chimneys, save 
    your ammo.  If you have been scoring hits the whole time previous it 
    will die.  Continue along the path and donít worry when it falls out 
    from under you, you canít get across anyway due to the invisible 
    barrier.  Exit the pipe.
    
    Auto Save
    
    For some reason, in this area alone, Vincent starts talking to 
    himself.  I donít know why.  In front of you is an explosive barrel, 
    donít bow it up.  Use the shop machine if you need and then kill the 
    soldiers to the east.  Follow this path and kill the Protection 
    Soldiers who jump out.  After you kill them and their buddies, turn 
    around and aim at that barrel I told you not to shoot (you didnít 
    shoot it anyway did you?).  Use it to kill the guards who show up and 
    quickly run back to get the elixir and 5000 gil, they disappear rather 
    fast.  Keep moving and 2 more Protection Guards pop out with a friend.  
    Kill them and on the same roof they are on is another of the ďsecretĒ 
    ending G reports, thatís 2 of 3.  There is 3000 gil in the case above 
    it.  In the next building, 3 ninjas will jump out in a small area.  
    Kill them, get the card key and in the next hall a heavy armored 
    swordsman appears.  Kill him and move on.  Use the barrels to kill the 
    guards below the next area and take out the other guards who arenít in 
    the blast radius.  As you progress, you will hear Vincent say 
    ďGreat...snipers.Ē Look to the rooftops and try and shoot them before 
    they see you.  Donít go under the bridge with the case yet.  There are 
    a total of 4 snipers in Normal mode, a lot more in Hard/Extra Hard.  
    Now get the card key, backtrack and go under the bridge.  You will 
    pick up a new weapon, the Blast Machine Gun.  If machine guns are your 
    thing, you may like this one.  It does less damage but knocks over 
    enemies that it hits.  You canít upgrade it.  Time to move on.  When 
    you progress past the laser gate here you will see a box on a brick 
    balcony above you.  Donít shoot it.  Instead, use a sniper scope to 
    aim past it and you will see an explosive barrel.  Shoot that instead 
    and it knocks the box down to reveal a Fearie L Barrel, which has 
    better speed and weight than a normal long barrel, but less damage.  
    Jump over to the next area and you see a mounted machine gun.  Hop on 
    and start a Mission Objective, which is to kill the enemy forces as 
    fast as possible.  I believe it must be done in under 2 minutes to get 
    the best score.  Just kill bad guys as you see them.  You will know 
    you are at the end when 2 Black Widow type robots appear.  The second 
    one drops a keycard.  Use it to open the gate behind the mounted 
    machine gun rather than the one in front.  Get those items and the 
    extra key card and then move forward.  Kill the spawning bad guys and 
    move past the laser gates blocking your way to about 5 or 6 boxes.  
    Around the corner above you are 4 barrels.  Shoot the second one and a 
    Cactaur pops out.  I havenít been able to kill him, feel free to email 
    me if you know what he drops.  Head inside the room with all the boxes 
    and pick up the gil.  You will be attacked by Protection Soldiers from 
    the other side of the laser gate and normal soldiers from the exit to 
    the room.   Once you have killed them all head to the shop machine and 
    stock up.  When you cross the bridge, the laser gates will activate 
    and you will have to fight several waves of bad guys.  Use the Limit 
    Break if it gets overwhelming.  After that, cross over and...
    
    Auto Save
    
    After the cut scene you canít go back, so the only direction is 
    forward.  Get anything you need from the shop machine and head up.  
    Kill the soldiers that pop out, the shop machine up here is a soldier 
    in disguise.  In the next room you have an option of how you want to 
    progress.  The first thing you should do is shoot the barrel above the 
    exit door.  Now, look at all the black bombs.  You can sneak by them 
    slowly if you want, or you can shoot them.  If you choose to blow them 
    up by shooting them, or involuntarily blow them up by stepping on 
    them, a group of soldiers run out below you and start blasting, watch 
    out for the rocket launcher.  Once past this room you see a hallway of 
    boxes.  Shoot the boxes and kill the soldier that pops out, but donít 
    run into the room yet.  After all the boxes are gone, run halfway into 
    the room and then back out to where you were.  A soldier should pop 
    up. Kill him and wait for the aerial mine to blow itself up.  Then 
    sprint across the room avoiding the other mines.  The next area has an 
    unending supply of exploding barrels being thrown over the wall, and a 
    soldier who jumps down when you open the gate.  You can shoot them 
    (the barrels) over and over to get kill chains up if you want.  When 
    you are ready to go, just wait until both barrels are thrown over the 
    edge at approximately the same time and run.  Past this room is 
    another, and when you enter it, a timer starts.  If you wait out the 
    timer, a Cactaur appears on the opposite side of the broken bridge you 
    canít cross.  He disappears real fast and I have never been able to 
    kill him.  Make your way and out onto the steel steps.  Across the way 
    you will see a roof with some soldiers hiding on the other side.  
    Shoot one and 5 run out.  Kill them all.  Now look to the NE.  You 
    will see a sniper on the roof.  You need to kill some soldiers in a 
    certain order here or they will all start firing on you.  Kill the one 
    in plain site on the rooftop.  Now look down/left.  You will see 
    another in a window, kill him.  Now kill the other one in plain site 
    who was below the first.  Move down to the item case on the balcony 
    below you and zoom in on the ground.  Snipe the gunner on the mounted 
    machine gun, which will cause alarm.  Kill at least one more before 
    they see you.  Now look top left at the barrel on the rooftop.  Shoot 
    it, it will fall and blow up a few more soldiers, then move down the 
    steps.  Use the shop machine and snipe the far soldier from the window 
    in the next room.  Then head downstairs, kill the soldiers 
    congregating at the door, walk out and look top/left for a sniper on 
    the roof.  Kill the other soldiers that jump down and get the key 
    card.  Now you have an option.  If you want to participate in the 
    optional Mission Objective here, go back to the shop machine and buy 
    every potion and bullet you can and come back out, head through the 
    laser gate to the east in front of the mounted machine gun.  Go down 
    and kill all the enemies in the room, get another shop machine spawn 
    and use it if you need.  Continue along here and you will find 
    yourself in a room where the mission objective is ďKill 100 enemiesĒ.  
    You must kill all 100 without dieing or leaving, which you can do at 
    any time; you just canít come back in.  You can also be knocked out of 
    the room from a rocket blast.  If you finish it you make almost 90,000 
    gil after you sell the gold moogle doll reward and collect the drops, 
    plus the tons of XP.  Itís your choice.  The only advice I can give 
    you is to kill the snipers that appear on the roof as soon as they 
    spawn every time, they will cause the most damage by far, assuming you 
    can dodge the rocket launcher attacks. 
    
    *** update ***
    You can in fact reenter this room after you leave.  In fact you can go 
    back to the shop and buy back all the potions you used and then do the 
    mission as many times as you like.  Great for money/XP, bad for your 
    mission score.
    ***
     
    If you decide to skip it or you have finished the side mission, go 
    back to the other laser gate but keep going past it to the end of the 
    rubble.  Look to your right and you will see 2 mounted machine guns 
    and 2 soldiers.  Kill the bottom machine gun first, then the top and 
    then the 2 regular soldiers.  Go past the laser gate now and get the 
    3000 gil and mako field.  Head down and you get another Mission 
    Objective, which is to find 4 items in this area.  In order to get 
    them you need to follow these instructions and donít use any of the 
    card keys until you have collected everything you can.  Start by 
    taking a right and killing the guard who pops up.  In that pipe is a 
    mine on the ceiling.  Shoot it and get the card key.  Next go up to 
    the mounted machine gun and look across the path to see a box, shoot 
    it down, but before you go get the key inside look to your right, 
    there is an exposed pipe with a mine in it. Shoot that mine.  Now go 
    down and get the 2 keys.  Go back to the machine gun and keep moving 
    past it, kill the 2 guards in the path.  Climb the ladder past the 
    second guard and see the card key at the top; you have to jump from 
    the top of the ladder to get it.  Climb the 2 ladders and blow up the 
    box at the top for another key, there is also one hidden behind the 
    shop machine up here.  Jump down and follow the path till you reach a 
    small cliff.  There is a card key at the lip of it, slowly move 
    forward and get it, but donít fall because you canít get back up.  Now 
    head back to the beginning, there is a gate with 2 card keys behind 
    it, open it up and get them.  Now go back to where you saw 7 gates in 
    a row, open them all up and get the Lucky S Barrel.  When you kill 
    enemies with this, you get extra XP.  Pretty useless this late in the 
    game, but if you plan on doing Extra Hard Mode you will have it the 
    entire time.  Go now and open all the remaining gates.  One has 
    Bayonet Rifle which allows for more melee damage and one has Elixor, 
    which fully restores all HP and Mana and adds a Phoenix Down effect, 
    and one is a normal Limit Break.  Go back to the cliff from before and 
    jump down, get a cut scene.
    
    Auto Save
    
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    Boss fight: Nero the Sable
    You finally get to face off against this guy, and itís a rather 
    disappointing fight.  If you have the Quantum Cerberus on normal mode 
    you can out-damage him simply by standing there and shooting and using 
    a Hi-Potion when you are low.  Eventually he will split into 3 forms, 
    just focus on one at a time.  He may blast you with some energy attack 
    you can dodge, he also has a spinning melee attack you can double jump 
    away from.  If you get in trouble, for some inexplicable reason there 
    is a shop machine here.  Use it to buy potions/bullets and come back 
    to finish him off.
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    Chapter 11:  Beginnings..........................................cha11
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    Mission Objectives
    
    Defeat the gargoyles!
    Defeat the gargoyles 2!
    Defeat all the targets on the central pillar!
    Defeat the gargoyles 3!
    
    Start the mission by collecting the cases and mako field in front of 
    you.  As you follow the path, two Protection Soldiers will attack.  
    Kill them and the sentry robot.  Beyond them is another PS who is on 
    the pipe and canít be hit with anything but magic.  Use Blizzard 
    Materia.  Keep going until you reach the next mako field and kill the 
    gargoyle. Then kill the PS shooting you by shooting the barrel heís 
    next to.  One more PS on the pipes after that to kill, you have to use 
    magic or your limit break form again.  Head past this room and restock 
    at the shop machine.  In the next room is a Mission Objective to kill 
    the gargoyles.  Use the rifle to get the sniper on the path way off in 
    the distance and kill the other 2 gargoyles.  Move into the next room.  
    Jump down and kill the sentry robots.  In the next area there are 
    several PS, donít miss the one to your left.  Eventually a rocket 
    launcher soldier will show up, kill him quick.  If this area looks 
    familiar it is because this is where you controlled Cait Sith earlier 
    in the game.  Jump down to the floor with all the gil cases and when 
    you walk over the mako field a group of beetles will attack, the last 
    one dead drops a card key.  The next room has another ďKill the 
    gargoyleĒ mission, use the mounted gun if you donít care about 
    accuracy points.  Keep moving.
    
    Auto Save
    
    This room has a group of PS soldiers and rocket launchers on a pillar 
    in the center.  The mission objective is to kill every one of them.  
    The way to do it is to snipe the boxes above them and shoot the 
    barrels that fall around them.  Use magic on any surviving PS and 
    conventional arms on any rocket launchers.  Every 10 seconds or so a 
    sentry robot will spawn while you are in the room; 2 robots on extra 
    hard mode.  Good luck, this mission is a huge pain.  The next room has 
    the final ďKill the gargoyleĒ mission.  In the next room is a cut 
    scene and when it is over you need to kill the PS before the other 
    soldier gets his mounted machine gun set up.  It isnít hard.  
    Afterwards, jump behind the would-be gunner and shoot him in the back, 
    he doesnít even turn and defend himself.  If you hop onto the gun 
    here, a group of enemies attack you.  If the soldier pushing it got it 
    set up in time, you can use it against them, if not you have to kill 
    them normally.  In the next room are 3 PS, start the fight with a fire 
    blast and finish them off.  The next room has 2 bugs with a ton of HP 
    and the room beyond has a group of PS who shoot you from up above, you 
    canít kill them so just sprint through.  The next room has a swarm of 
    regular bugs; a few fire blasts should do it.  The next room has a 
    mako field in each corner and an unending supply of PS soldiers.  Just 
    ignore them and stand on the center tile, which rises up.  Jump to the 
    west and grab the final ďG ReportĒ for the ďsecretĒ ending. Head down 
    and get out of that room.  Open the big gate and proceed.
    
    Auto Save
    
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    Boss fight: Dragonfly PT
    Revenge of the Dragonfly.  This time he has gargoyle friends with him 
    who swoop down and knock you off your feet.  When you see one above 
    you, take it out quickly.  There is also a periodic sentry robot 
    spawn.  Other than that, no special tactic here.  The best bet when 
    avoiding missiles is to position yourself so that they hit the pillars 
    on either side of the bridge.  He will fly back and forth and behind 
    the reactor, just wait him out and shoot him whenever he is in view.  
    He doesnít have any new tricks.
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Open the gate to the reactor and head inside.  A PS yells ďHail WeissĒ 
    and begins to run away.  If you want to be a jackass, shoot him in the 
    back with a materia and melee him to death before he gets away.  
    Follow his route and you will come to a group of PS.  Fireblast them 
    and run in for the melee kill when they are grouped together.  Use the 
    shop machine and head into the next room.
    
    Auto Save
    
    Long cut scene and another boss fight.
    
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    Boss fight: Arachnero/Gorgonero
    He will begin with a shield around him and 4 orbs which fly randomly 
    around the level.  You need to kill these orbs.  The best way is to 
    wait for one to stop and attack you and break its barrier, then kill 
    it.  When all 4 are dead, shoot down Arachneroís barrier and blast 
    away.  Avoid his fireballs like any other missile and make sure to get 
    in as many hits as you can when he has fallen down.  Eventually the 
    orbs will repsawn and cast his shield again.  Repeat the process until 
    the next cut scene which will occur around 40% life
    *Extra Hard Mode* You will have to get him down to 0% before the cut 
    scene.
    Now you will be on a floating rock and Nero will be in front of you.  
    He will teleport to different locations, some in front of you, two 
    behind you and even right on your own little patch of land, you canít 
    really move so just watch for where he appears and shoot.  After a few 
    bullets he teleports again.  If you attack him fast enough he wonít 
    even make any offensive moves, which is good because it is hard to 
    dodge given 1 square foot of space.  Keep it up until he is dead.
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Next time you have control, Yuffie is hurt and you can use the shop 
    machine here.  Go down the hall and trigger another cut scene.
    
    Auto Save
    
    The next time you have control, donít even move, just let Hojo/Weiss 
    kill you, it is part of the plot.
    
    Auto Save
    
    Now when you regain control again, you can fight for real.
    
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    Boss fight: Weiss Empowered
    He moves really fast and can sprint across the screen in the blink of 
    an eye.  The best strategy is to try and stay far away from him and 
    dodge his bullets from behind the pillars.  Jump out and shoot him 
    when it is safe but donít waste bullets while he is twirling his 
    swords.  I also donít recommend fighting him hand to hand; he will 
    knock you down over and over.  You canít turn into your alternate 
    form, but using a Limit Break will fully heal you.  During the fight 
    you need to avoid his melee charges, machine gun, and light streak 
    attack, similar to what you saw in the fight with Rosso, as well as a 
    shockwave attack such as you saw with Azul.  Periodically, he will 
    jump to his seat in the back and fire some energy beams at you, block 
    them with the terrain and wait for him to come back out, you canít 
    damage him while he sits there.  Just keep your distance and keep 
    shooting.  He is pretty tough as far as this games bosses go.
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    Donít bother upgrading equipment here unless you are trying to max 
    everything out to carry over the Extra Hard mode.
    
    Chapter 12, part 1: Omega and Chaos..............................ch12a
    -----------------------------------
    
    As this mission opens, Vincent is now in Chaos form with the most 
    powerful weapon in the game, the Death Penalty.  It does 2000 damage 
    per attack and can hit multiple enemies at once.  Its only downside is 
    that it really wonít score any critical hits, so if you are worried 
    about that score, switch back to your normal weapon.  The enemies here 
    are not even challenging, as your new gun will take them out in 1 
    shot.  Just make sure not to let them gang up on you, the lasers can 
    be hard to dodge when multiple enemies are shooting them.  There is 
    really only one path to take here.  Get the elixir and move along the 
    ruined Midgar structures.  Eventually you will fall into a giant pipe 
    and a few steps out of it you will come to a cut scene.  When you have 
    control again, go straight and take a right up the steps.  Keep moving 
    and donít miss the Omega report on the next platform, itís behind the 
    crates.   Up another set of steps and across the bridge, you will see 
    a second Omega report.  Next, you will find yourself being led to a 
    platform where enemies will spawn all around you, just strafe in a 
    circle and kill them.  When they are all dead, there is another cut 
    scene.  You will be fully healed automatically here.
    
    Auto Save
    
    Next time you have control, Vincent is flying through a tunnel.  Kill 
    the enemies as they move in front of you.  Then in the next room kill 
    them until they stop spawning.  You will find yourself climbing a 
    spiral path, make your way to the top and step on the circle.
    
    Auto Save
    
    You will be on a path in front of Omega with enemies flying around.  
    Kill them if you want, but it isnít necessary.  Just move to the end 
    of the path and you get some stage results.  Use the XP for levels.
    
    Chapter 12, part 2: Omega and Chaos..............................ch12b
    
    Auto Save
    
    The rest of this game is essentially a long boss fight.  You begin 
    amidst a circle of organisms, the Crystal Feeders.  What you need to 
    do here is watch for when a feeder is open and run over and melee it 
    to death.  Creatures will spawn all over the place, use the rifle so 
    you donít waste Death Penalty bullets, it auto aims at their weak 
    point and will kill them in one hit.  Just make sure you donít let too 
    many spawn or you will get blasted from every angle.  When all the 
    feeders are dead, the Omega Cocoon rises up.  Keep shooting the 
    enemies that pop up and just damage the cocoon as fast as possible, 
    eventually it will break.  Now you fight the real and final boss.
    
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    Boss fight: Omega Weiss
    
    Use the Death Penalty to aim at his center, the shots will hit both 
    Weiss and the robot he is controlling.  He will fire slow moving 
    missiles at you like 75% of the bosses in this game, so avoid them 
    like always.  Pillars will slowly begin to rise from the ground which 
    actually makes dodging his fireballs easier.  After you hurt him a bit 
    he will summon a wall of blue shields in front.  Take them out as fast 
    as you can because they become offensive weapons that will knock you 
    over.  After they are dead, Weiss may jump down to attack you.  Just 
    avoid him and eventually he will jump back into his golem.  At this 
    point you will go back to avoiding fireballs and shooting him, be 
    careful not to stand directly in front of him because he has a habit 
    of slapping the group with his giant hand.  When you see him retreat 
    into the air and start summoning a big ball of flame, just heal up as 
    much as you can, I donít think itís even possible to avoid taking 
    damage from the impending explosion.  After that he comes back down 
    and returns to firing missiles, only he is a lot more offensive and 
    moves after you to hit you with his arms.  Run circles around the edge 
    of the stage at this point, and keep shooting with the Death Penalty, 
    he wonít last much longer.
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    Congratulations, you win the game!  Watch the long video, you earned 
    it.  There is more video after the song, especially if you found all 
    the files and got theÖÖ
    
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    Secret Ending....................................................sece1
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    Throughout the game are 3 items you must collect called ďG-ReportsĒ.  
    If you get all 3, after you see ďThe EndĒ on the screen, you can hit X 
    and you will get a special ending.  I describe in detail how to get 
    the reports in my chapter walkthrough, so if you need help, you can 
    read that.  Briefly, here is where they are:
    
    In Chapter 8, part 2, complete the side quest that requires you cover 
    the WRO soldiers while they open the locked gate.
    
    In Chapter 10, there is one on the roof where you fight 2 Protection 
    Spell Soldiers and one normal soldier.
    
    In Chapter 11, there is one in the room with the 4 mako fields and 
    infinite soldier spawn.
    
    If you missed any and donít want to replay all the way from chapter 8 
    to see the ending, I will describe here.  Donít read this if you donít 
    want to know what happens.
    
    Setting:  A ruined Midgar, the camera pans out and then down, 
    eventually penetrating the ground and leading into a cave below the 
    city where you see the dead body of Weiss lying in the center of a 
    pool.  There is an energy disturbance and from within a man American 
    Final Fantasy players have not seen before materializes from within.  
    He walks above the water toward Weissí body.  Looking up into the air 
    while he picks up Weiss, he says ďIt is not yet time for slumber.  We 
    still have much work to do...my brother.Ē  One wing, such as the one 
    you see on Sephirothís One Winged Angel form in Final Fantasy 7, or 
    the CGI movie, appears from behind his body and he flies off with 
    Weiss in his arms.
    
    If you look in your inventory at the G-Reports, it tells a story about 
    Shinra, in an attempt to create an all powerful Soldier, identified 
    only as ďSĒ, made another soldier in the process, only identified as 
    ďGĒ.  No records of either soldier exist, though there is speculation 
    that ďGĒ was a genetic prototype of ďSĒ.  They go on to say that 
    ďsoldiers branded with epithets of color... These are the hellspawn of 
    ďGĒ.  I wrote this on 8/26/06 and this is only speculation.  But, 
    assuming that ďSĒ refers to Sephiroth, and ďsoldiers branded with 
    epithets of colorĒ to be Deepground, it is possible Square-Enix plans 
    on making this ďGĒ a new enemy, Sephirothís genetic ďbrotherĒ.  Very 
    interesting....
    
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    Tips & Tricks....................................................tip01
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    A lot of these I mention in passing, here are just a few observations 
    I have noticed in the game.
    
    -If you want a free heal, wait until you get to a point with an auto 
    save, and then quit the game and reload it, you come back with full 
    HP.
    
    -You can beat the game with a technical 0 KOís if you feel like 
    cheating the system.  Whenever you die, instead of using the ďrestartĒ 
    option, use the ďquitĒ option.  Then reload the game.  You will come 
    back at the same spot anyway, but the game wonít have considered you 
    to be KOíd.
    
    -I have beaten the game multiple times on every difficulty and I never 
    even equip the machine gun.  I know a lot of people like to use it, 
    but it really does not do enough damage to be useful.  In all fairness 
    though, I will admit the Blast Machine Gun can be useful as it will 
    keep enemies knocked down.
    
    -The ďM CerberusĒ line is the best gun for fighting bosses because it 
    can hold so much more ammo.  Most bosses have moments of weakness when 
    you can shoot them without being counterattacked and you need to spend 
    as little time as possible reloading.  However, if you can afford the 
    auto reloader, you need not worry about wasting time reloading.
    
    -Same statement as above, but with the S Hydra line.  It shoots so 
    fast that you can get in all 8 rounds before they can do anything 
    about it.
    
    -If your mana bar is full and you come across a mako field, fire off a 
    few rounds before you run over it.  You will get credit for ďMagic 
    CastedĒ and you wonít lose mana for it.
    
    -The save system can be confusing.  It works like this.  Whenever you 
    come to an auto save the game creates a log of exactly what your 
    level/XP and inventory are and remembers it.  If you go back and redo 
    part of a mission you will start with whatever the game saved at that 
    point.  So, letís say a mission has 5 auto save locations and you beat 
    it.  If you go back to where the first AS happened and replay it, you 
    will have whatever Vincent had when he reached that point.  If you 
    pass the second auto save the game will record over the log it made 
    before with the new data, but nothing will have changed for the 3rd 
    4th or 5th AS unless you keep going past those points as well.
    
    -Gigant Hydra will knock enemies over.  If you buy the auto reloader 
    attachment, you need not worry about its one-bullet-at-a-time 
    downside.  Using it you can knock over those annoying rocket launching 
    enemies and make them stay down.
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    Well, thatís about it.  Thanks for reading and I hope this helped.  
    Howdy to all my old MLF buddies who may be reading this.
    
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