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When I was a wee lad I use to love playing Final Fantasy 7. Well, at some point I decided to use some cheat codes the first time playing it through. When I got to the final battle it was absolutely impossible to win. I think I played it for like 30 minutes in this one battle until I died. I tried this numerous times, also.

Then I started over with a fresh game and didn't use any cheat codes. I won the final battle I think on the second trial.

So is the final battle actually impossible when using cheat codes or was it just chance that I beat it when I didn't use cheat codes?

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There's nothing specific against cheat codes that should make the Sephiroth battle impossible. However, depending on your cheat choices, you may make the battle more difficult. I'm assuming the one that would destroy you is Safer Sephiroth, the one-winged angel form. In addition to all of its special abilities, it also has the following two bonuses that you probably triggered in your cheat methods compared to your non-cheating methods.

  • Each character at Level 99 (except Aeris) adds 30,000 max HP, 2 Attack, 20 Def, 5 Magic, and 16 MDef.
  • Casting Knights of the Round on Jenova∙SYNTHESIS (who you fight just before Sephiroth) adds another 80,000 max HP.

Numbers were pulled from the Final Fantasy Wiki. The previous form of Sephiroth also gains increased HP from level 99 characters and using KotR on Jenova, but not nearly as much.

The total boost he can reach for HP alone is a factor of 5: from his normal 80,000 to 400,000. His other stats, of course, are also improved, notedly with a strong emphasis on defense. This is what makes an under-level party (and one who failed to acquire Knights of the Round) actually easier to face off against Sephiroth. I know I managed to defeat him on my first playthrough at subpar levels (Cloud only know his Meteor limit, Vincent his second, and I had Cait Sith with Dice... I don't even know what I was playing at that time).

The only other factor you may have run into is that in using cheat codes you might've slouched in better party upkeep, such as by forgetting to equip proper status defense (he has a lot of those) and buff the party consistently. Past these things, though, using cheat codes shouldn't have any direct effect.


A note should be made that the faux final battle that ensues afterwards is cited to have some interesting effects when using cheat codes, none of which cause Game Over though. It does reinforce that cheat codes themselves shouldn't have affected the previous fight.

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