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Final Fantasy 7 Remake guide: Leviathan boss fight

Take on Chadley’s third Summon boss

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In Final Fantasy 7 Remake, you’ll go up against Leviathan in Chadley’s VR room after completing some battle intel. Leviathan is a super powerful summon, but you need to defeat it in battle before you’ll earn its Materia. This fight is punishing, so prepare for a learning experience.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to defeat Leviathan in Chadley’s VR Mission in Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

Leviathan’s Battle Intel and weaknesses

Lightning Materia is your only real advantage against Leviathan
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Leviathan is weak to electricity but resistant to ice and fire attacks. To take down Leviathan, stay away from non-electricity magic and elemental summons. The boss is also immune to most effects. Be careful not to spam lightning too hard, or you’ll run out of MP in a fight where Cure is effectively required.

How to fight Leviathan

If you can’t escape one of Leviathan’s abilities, try blocking
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Leviathan is a war of attrition. The boss hits very hard, and you need to know when you can go in for the kill and when you must stay away to avoid damage.

You’ll spend most of your time dodging in this fight, or putting yourself in danger to get some damage in. Abilities are tough to use as well, since most of them take time to wind up and Leviathan is constantly moving. Spend your ATB on lightning and cure Materia instead.

Using your spells and basic abilities, build up the boss’ Stagger meter as much as you can. When you stagger the boss, go all out with your limit skills or high damage attacks like Infinity’s End. When Leviathan casts Tidal Wave, determine how close you are to staggering the boss, and either heal your party to survive or beat the boss down and race to the Stagger.

At about half health, Leviathan will switch things up and start flying above the arena. Switch to Barret or Aerith, depending who you have on your team, and pelt it from a distance.

When it comes time to summon, we recommend Fat Chocobo or Chocobo and Moogle. The Leviathan is resistant against fire and ice, so the neutral Fat Chocobo is ideal here.

The Leviathan will continue to use the same abilities for the entire fight. So once you’ve mastered avoiding its tricks, you just need to maintain your strategy until it dies.

Leviathan abilities

Beat down Leviathan during Tidal Wave, or it’ll nearly kill your team
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Leviathan has some devastating abilities, and it likes to cast them frequently. Unlike other bosses in Final Fantasy 7 Remake, you need to learn the names of Leviathan’s abilities to succeed. When it casts an ability, identify what’s about to happen and react quickly.

Here’s what you should be watching out for:

  • Tail Whip: Leviathan rises out of the ground to whip you with its tail. Back away and protect yourself.
  • Briny Barrage: Leviathan sends water missiles at you and your allies. You can block these or roll away from them.
  • Spinning Dive: Leviathan dashes across the map, spreading out its fins and dealing massive collision damage. This is a hard ability to dodge. Run back and away from Leviathan when it casts this. If you’re not going to make it out of the way, block instead.
  • Gyre Spume: Leviathan creates an explosion of water around it, which deals damage if you’re too close. Treat this just like Tail Whip and run away.
  • Aquatic Focus: Leviathan charges, giving you some time to beat on it.
  • Tidal Roar: Leviathan creates a whirling tornado in the arena, which deals damage if it runs into you. Run away from it to avoid damage.
  • Briney Bellow: Leviathan shoots a giant laser beam at you. You can dodge it or block to reduce some damage.
  • Tidal Wave: Tidal Wave is Leviathan’s ultimate attack, a giant blast of damage that covers the entire arena. You have two options with Tidal Wave: You can stagger the boss before it attacks, or you can heal up your party and try to weather the storm.

Best Materia for fighting Leviathan

Watch out for Leviathan’s fast and punishing dive attack
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The Leviathan is a fight all about execution — no amount of spell spamming can help you here.

  • Lightning Materia: Lightning Materia is the only Materia the Leviathan is actually weak to. You should put this spell on several of your members to take advantage of it.
  • Cure Materia: The Leviathan will mess you up during this fight, and there’s almost no way to avoid it. Make sure at least one party member has a powered up version of Cure Materia to help you get through this long fight.
  • Elemental Materia: With Elemental Materia, you can link your lightning Materia to your weapon, giving you bonus damage on every attack. You should equip this for Cloud, since he can hit hard with Punisher mode.
  • Fat Chocobo: The Fat Chocobo is a good summon for this fight because it deals neutral damage to Leviathan. This way you can avoid playing into its strengths, which Shiva or Ifrit’s elemental damage would do.
  • HP Up Materia: Tidal Wave is a brutal ability, and you need to make sure you can survive it when the time comes. Equip Cloud or your tankiest member with the HP Up Materia to weather the blow and resurrect your fallen allies.

When you defeat the Leviathan, you’ll automatically pick up its Materia.

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