How to Beat the Mindflayer in Final Fantasy 7 (FF7) Rebirth

He's got something powerful you need to avoid.

By GamesRecon

A rogue Illithid, one of those brain-munching creatures, has wandered off course and also appeared in FF7 Rebirth with the same name that we have dealt with in Baldur’s Gate 3. While it might be an optional boss fight on the side menu of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, don’t think it’s a walk in the park. This one’s got tricks up its sleeve, immune to the usual elemental weakness we often rely on. For the silver lining – defeating the Mindflayer in FF7 Rebirth isn’t only for glory; it’s also your way to obtain some sweet crafting materials.

But let’s talk strategy, especially dodging his terrifying Psychotic Break attack. That move is bad news like the Mindflayer’s pulling out all the stops, a last-ditch effort to take you down with it. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered on how to dance around that and ensure you’re the last one standing.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Mindflayer Fight

Final Fantasy 7 (FF7) Rebirth Mindflayer Boss Fight

Your party selection is key in this fight. You want a mix of agility, strength, and strategy. In our case, that translates to Cloud, Barret, and Tifa. Cloud’s our all-around hero, Barret brings the big guns with long-range firepower, and Tifa is all about those powerful physical attacks that will make the Mindflayer wish it stayed in its fantasy realm.

Now, onto the gear—specifically, Materia. You’ll want to stack up on Materia to boost HP and Vitality because you can’t fight if you’re flat on your back. Spells? Sure, they’re flashy, but for this showdown, it’s all about physical prowess and durability. However, don’t toss out your healing Materia just yet; we’re not that reckless. But consider the Item Economizer Materia your new best friend. It lets you chug potions without wasting an ATB charge, which can be a game-changer. Further, also consider using First Strike and Binding Materia to have in your gear for this showdown.

But what about actually fighting? Patience, grasshopper. Equip the Auto-Unique Ability or Auto-Unique Weapon Materia and your characters will start using their special moves without you micromanaging every swing and spell. This means while you’re focused on controlling Cloud, Barret, and Tifa are in the background, building up those crucial Synergy Abilities without missing a beat. So, to wrap this up: pick your party wisely, beef up with the right Materia, and automate what you can to keep the focus on strategy.

How to Defeat the Mindflayer in FF7 Rebirth

The Mindflayer is a cunning enemy that laughs in the face of your elemental spells and scoffs at your attempts to brute-force your way to victory. Remember, this beast doesn’t play by the usual rules. Thinking about Elemental weaknesses? Forget about them; this creature doesn’t have any. Instead, it sits there with its massive health pool, over 20,000 HP, daring you to find a crack in its armor. And to make things even more interesting, it’s pretty much indifferent to most status effects. So, if you were planning on a straightforward hack-and-slash fest, you might want to rethink your strategy.

But there’s more – while it might seem like the Mindflayer is an impenetrable fortress, it does have its chinks in the armor. It’s less resistant to magic and certain debuffs like Berserk, Deprotect, and Poison, among others. However, don’t expect these to be your golden ticket; they’re just pieces of the puzzle. The real key to this battle is the Synergy. That’s right, those coordinated team attacks that make your party more than just a group of fighters; they turn you into a well-oiled machine, capable of applying pressure to the Mindflayer and exploiting its moments of vulnerability.

Strategies for the Boss Fight

Mindflayer using Astral Apprehension attack

Facing the Mindflayer means you need grace, precision, and a little bit of flair. Here’s the game plan, broken down step-by-step, to ensure we not only survive the combat but take home the trophy:

  • Gear Up & Strategize: Before we even step into the arena, let’s make sure we’re dressed for success. Our outfit of choice is Materia and lots of it. Cloud and Tifa are our lead dancers with their Synergy Abilities, while the third slot is flexible – Aerith for a healing touch, Barret for his long-range groove, or maybe Red XIII for that extra zing of agility and more Synergy moves.
  • Debuffs Are Your Dance Moves: Early on, let’s hit the Mindflayer with some slick moves – I’m talking debuffs like Magic, Debrave, Slow, Slow, Sleep, and Poison. This softens it up and makes our moves hit harder and our steps lighter.
  • Build that Synergy: While Cloud and Tifa are busting moves, we’re also building up that Synergy Gauge. Think of it as the crowd’s applause meter. The more we impress with our ATB abilities, the faster we fill it up, getting us closer to that show-stopping number​.
  • Pressure and Stagger: Once we’ve got the crowd (and by the crowd, I mean Synergy Gauge) roaring, it’s time for the main event. Launch a Synergy Attack to Pressure the Mindflayer. It’s our cue to go all in, focusing attacks to build that Stagger meter.
  • The Grand Finale: With the Mindflayer Staggered, it’s time for our closing number. Pull out all the stops – Limit Breaks, powerful skills, and maybe even a call to the Ifrit for that fiery finale. This is our chance to shine and show what we’re made of, dealing as much high damage as you can.
  • Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and… Dodge: But remember, the Mindflayer isn’t just sitting there applauding. It’s got moves of its own, like Sinister Seizure and Accursed Orb. This is where our dance training in dodging comes in handy. Keep an eye out for those boulders to hide behind or just move with the grace of a ballroom champion.

The key to a great performance is knowing when to stick to the script and when to improvise. Keep using the mixture of valuable debuffs, building Synergy, and laying on the pressure. But stay alert, the Mindflayer might just throw in a curveball, and we’ll need to be ready to adapt our routine on the fly. There you have it, the perfect choreography to get your way to victory against the Mindflayer. It’ll take practice, coordination, and a little panache.

Killing the Mindflayer in Final Fantasy 7 (FF7) Rebirth isn’t only about proving your strength and completing the storyline; you will also receive a nice item, the Mindflayer Crown alongside XP and Gil. You can use this crown to craft something great called the Psychic’s Charm. It’s a good addition to your inventory, boosting your maximum HP and Magic power by 5% and it also throws in immunity to Silence. So yeah, taking down that Mindflayer is pretty much a win-win. He’s got something powerful you need to avoid.

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