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I have filled up my limit break. How exciting! Flashy colors! I can now deal serious damage! Wow!

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...but I'd rather not use it on that enemy that would go down regardless. In particular the menu screen speaks about multiple "limit break levels," so it seems that it should be possible to save those up for boss fights and rainy days.

What can I do to not use up my limit now?

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Fun. While trying to figure this out, Barret also filled up his limit bar. –  badp Apr 7 at 21:21
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It's worth nothing that your level 1 (initial) limit breaks fill up reasonably quickly, so if you were to 'waste' it, you wouldn't have to wait particuarly long before you get another chance. –  Ender Apr 7 at 21:22
    
Limit break 'levels' are not saved up, by savign your limit break in this scenario you are not making it stronger for when you do use it. As your character USES his breaks, (and kills enemies) your character will learn new limit breaks including level 2,3, and if your clever and have a good eye, level 4. –  Ender Apr 7 at 21:24
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and if i remember correctly the limit meter resets if you try to switch limit breaks –  z ' Apr 7 at 21:27
    
It's also pretty useless to try and save limit breaks this early. Just use 'em and level up your skills –  Ben Brocka Apr 7 at 21:39

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As others have noted, when at limit levels 1, 2, and 3 using the initial limit break a certain number of times unlocks a second limit break at that level. At limit level 1, using your limit skill 8 times unlocks the second limit at that level, level 2 is 7 uses of the limit skill, and level 3 is 6 uses of the limit skill. It is advantageous to use limits as many times as possible early on in the game to unlock the second limit skill at each level. This allows you to learn new limits as you level so when you get the character's level 4 limit manual, you can use it right away instead of grinding out limits (all previous limits must be learned before you can learn the level 4 limit from the manual).

Judging by your screenshot, it appears you are very early on in the game, so I would use Braver and Big Shot as often as possible in order to unlock Cross-Slash and Mind Blow. As you progress in the game, you will find command materia that will help you avoid using limits/magic/defend and still contribute damage (e.g. Mug, Deathblow, Throw) if you are needing to save your limit break for another fight. Enemy Skill is also a powerful command materia you can use to avoid using limits if necessary, but like magic, Enemy Skill commands use MP.

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No, you cannot save your Limit Breaks unless you are prepared to only fight with magic or items for the duration. In both cases, you end up using a finite resource (MP or items) while also stalling the limit meter recharge, so its not very useful in general.

Note that many characters need to keep using their limit breaks for each level to unlock an alternate one (e.g. Braver / Cross-Slash). You will be better off to use limit breaks asap to progress in the unlocking and have more options.

If you know there is a boss battle coming up then it may be worth fighting with magic or items for a short while (so that you start boss fight with multiple charged limit breaks). Keep in mind that the level 1 breaks charge up really fast, while level 3 or 4 is far slower - you don't want to stall on level 1 limits when they will be up in a short time anyway.

Re. the menu showing multiple levels for each limit break - these cannot be charged concurrently, you have to select one and then charge it from empty (e.g. for Cloud, you can't charge Meteorain, switch to Cross-Slash for random battles, and then switch back before boss fight expecting meter to be full).

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Wait, aren't there "command" materia that grant alternatives other than Attack, Magic, and Item that theoretically would give you a way to continue combat without using your limit break, items, or spells? –  BlackVegetable Apr 7 at 23:45
    
@BlackVegetable yes, but he won't have those so early in teh game –  Ender Apr 7 at 23:50
    
@BlackVegetable Good point, I actually forgot about them :( - but by the time he gets those, he should be used to wasting Limit Breaks on grunts. –  Alok Apr 8 at 0:04

You can defend and let Barret finish the enemy, you can kill it with magic, you can run, or you can kill the enemy with an item. You cannot use the ATTACK command with Cloud.

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Wasting magic on Grunt B! It's super effective! groan –  badp Apr 7 at 21:23
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Use your level 1-3 limit breaks often! You unlock some of your stronger limit breaks by using the weaker ones. For more information, see: finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Limit_(Final_Fantasy_VII) –  BlackVegetable Apr 7 at 21:48
    
Limit break is not magic (well, in general) - you don't use MP. But yeah, go shred Grunt B into mincemeat! –  Alok Apr 7 at 23:35

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