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Final Fantasy 7 Remake guide: Malboro location

How to find and how to beat the boss with Bad Breath

A Final Fantasy 7 Remake Malboro, a plant-like creature with a huge teethy mouth and many eyes at the end of its vines, on a purple gradient background Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image Sources: Square Enix
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For those looking to get all the trophies in Final Fantasy 7 Remake, you’ll need to fight a Malboro and win. However, the main part of the game has no Malboro for you to fight.

You’ll only be able to find a Malboro in the post-game version of the Shinra Combat Simulator, but only on the hard difficulty. To get there, you’ll have to replay Chapter 17, which you can head straight to using the Chapter Selection menu.

The Malboro isn’t part of an individual challenge, but instead a long fight where it’ll only appear in the final portion. You’ll need to take on the “Three-Person Team vs. Monsters of Legend” challenge.

Malboro boss fight, weaknesses, and strategy

To beat the Malboro, stagger it and keep attacking it from behind. During our fight with the monster, we didn’t encounter any weaknesses, and according to the Final Fantasy Wiki, it doesn’t have any.

Its mouth will occasionally fire out the notorious Bad Breath attack, and you do not want to get hit by it. Doing so will give Poison, Silence, Sleep, and Toad status, which you can cleanse with Esuna.

Use Cloud to tank the abilities from the front while Tifa and Aerith deal damage to the Malboro from behind. Make sure to watch Cloud’s health so he doesn’t die, as the Poison status that the Malboro can inflict is easy to forget about.

Winning the fight will reward you with the “That’s the Smell” trophy.