To unlock limit breaks in FFVII you need to score a certain number of kills, if I summon, do the kills the summon gets count towards this total?

  • I don't know the answer, but since the summon animations are long and can't be skipped you can rack up kills much faster by not using them and just mashing the circle (attack) button.
    – user86571
    Jan 5, 2016 at 20:28
  • @RossRidge Well the kills I'm doing are for Aeris :/ Jan 5, 2016 at 20:31
  • You'd still be better off with combat spells, maybe even regular attacks. As measured by the actual time they take, summons have terrible DPS,
    – user86571
    Jan 5, 2016 at 20:41

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Unlocking new limit breaks is different for each character, depending on how many limit breaks they have, how many levels they have, and how many of each pre-requisite needs to be met to unlock the next limit break, or the next level.

For example, everyone (except Cait Sith and Vincent) have a total of 7 limit breaks. Each Limit Level has two Limit Breaks. To unlock each Limit Break, the character either has to have killed a certain number of enemies, or used (a) limit break a certain amount of times.

Eg; to unlock the third Limit Level, Cloud either needs to have killed 320 enemies, or, used 7 limit breaks. Vincent, on the other hand, is not reliant on limit breaks, and only needs to have killed 40 enemies.

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Then, once a character reaches their final Limit Level, a mini-quest to find their final Limit Break "Manual" appears.

Now, as to whether or not summons affect this - yes they do. They rack up on the kill count, therefore they will help unlock the next limit level.


  • Brill, that's what I needed to hear :) Jan 6, 2016 at 10:51
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    "Eg; to unlock the third Limit Level, Cloud either needs to have killed 320 enemies, or, used 7 limit breaks." - This part is incorrect. Only killing 320 enemies will unlock the 3rd level. Using 7 level 2 limit breaks will unlock his second level 2 limit break, but it will not unlock level 3.
    – D M
    Dec 31, 2018 at 18:08

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