How To Counter and Parry in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth (FF7R)

Abu Taher Tamim
By Abu Taher Tamim
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Are you looking for a guide on how to counter and parry in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth? If yes, then I know how to counter and parry in FF7R.

While pounding away at enemy weak points is one path to victory, true mastery of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth’s (FF7R) combat comes from excelling at defense as well as offense. You need to learn when and how to counter enemy attacks precisely with counter and parry attacks. By doing this, you can mitigate damage, build the ATB bars, and plan your next attack.

Read More: The Ultimate ATB (Active Time Battle) System Guide for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (FF7R)

But, sadly, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth’s (FF7R) counter and parry attack are special ability unique to Cloud and Sephiroth. In this guide, I’ll break down the ins and outs of counter and parry attacks, and how you can use these abilities effectively. Let’s learn how to counter and parry in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.

How To Counter and Parry in FF7R
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Master Counter and Parry in FF7R

Cloud and Sephiroth have mastered techniques that allow them to turn an enemy’s attack into an opportunity for counterattack. If you learn how to counter and parry properly, then you can greatly shift the tide of battle in your favor.

Harnessing Cloud's Inner Fury
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Harnessing Cloud’s Inner Fury

Cloud’s Punisher Mode unlocks his potential for devastating counters. By entering this stance at the perfect moment, right as an enemy attack is about to land, Cloud absorbs the impact and lashes back with a vengeance. Timing is everything here. Activate Punisher Mode a split second before impact to trigger a forceful counter that will punish your foe.

With practice, Cloud can maintain Punisher Mode for more extended periods, enabling him to counter any physical attack that comes his way. However, this does leave him more vulnerable to ranged or magical attacks. Wield Cloud’s fury wisely, and he will become an impenetrable fortress, returning every blow tenfold against those foolish enough to strike him.

Sephiroth's Graceful Retaliation
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Sephiroth’s Graceful Retaliation

While Cloud relies on raw force for his counters, Sephiroth takes a more elegant approach. By entering his Retaliation Stance, Sephiroth can nimbly parry incoming attacks with surgical precision. The timing requires finesse. Execute your parry in the split second before impact, and Sephiroth will fluidly redirect the enemy’s force, taking no damage.

Once parried successfully, Sephiroth wastes no time retaliating. With feline agility, he ripostes, driving his blade home in a single graceful motion. To wield Sephiroth’s parry effectively, you must find the perfect balance between patience and action. Master this exquisite timing, and no enemy attack will go unpunished.

Key Tips for Counter and Parry Mastery

  • Observe enemy attack patterns and learn to perfect your timing.
  • Balance parry timing between reducing damage and triggering counters.
  • Rely on dodges more against quick, unblockable or grab attacks.
  • Parry less to build Stagger faster against Pressured enemies.
  • Punisher Mode deals very high damage, especially on Staggered foes.
  • Swap characters to manage ATB gained from successful parries.
  • Perfect Block chains generate huge ATB gains.
  • Make sure to equip Warding Materia against caster enemies.
  • Tactical Mode can help time parries flawlessly.
  • Upgrade weapons for additional Parry bonuses.

The path to combat greatness lies along the razor’s edge that balances aggressive offense and impenetrable defense. While it takes practice, memorizing enemy patterns and developing sharp reflexes will allow you to parry and counter your way to victory against Shinra’s worst.

Also check out: Mastering Enemy Pressure and Stagger in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

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Abu Taher Tamim is a Staff Writer at GameRiv. He started playing video games when one of his uncles brought him a PS1, after it was launched. Since that day until now, he still play video games. As he loves video games so much, he became a gaming content writer.