Sephiroth Guide - Guide for Kingdom Hearts II
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Auther: Akinom (KingdomKey) Title: Sephiroth Guide Game: Kingdom Hearts II Platform: Playstation 2 Introduction ------------ This is a guide to help you beat the hardest optional boss in Kingdom Hearts II... the infamous Sephiroth! Where is Sephiroth? ------------------- First and foremost, you will have to have sealed the Space Paranoids keyhole in order to find Sephiroth. He appears just beyond Crystal Fissure in the last section of Hollow Bastion, which is now called Radiant Garden, called the Dark Depths. Hit Triangle to converse with him to engage in combat. Preparing for battle -------------------- Before even attempting to fight Sephiroth, you'll want to have the following abilities and items: -Ultima Weapon (MUST have) -Air Slide -Air Dodge (optional) -High Jump Level 2 -Reflect Guard (optional) -Revenge Slash -Combo Plus(es) and Air Combo Plus -supply of Elixirs (preferably), or Hi Potions -Level 70+ (preferably) with strength & defense 40+ each Note: Just a heads up of what you are going to be up against. Sephiroth is super strong and has 15 life bars. I beat him at level 63 after some hard working at a sound strategy. He has three different attack phases which will be discussed in granulated detail below in the strategy section. Also, Ultima Weapon is a must have (YES it is worth putting the time into getting it) because of the MP Hastega ability it possesses. You'll need speedy MP recovery to help heal yourself when needed. More about healing below. Strategy -------- 1st Phase --------- Repeatedly press Triangle at the start of the fight to block all of the hits from Sephiroth's starting move, the Dash & Cut move. You will block the attack and then Sephiroth will be momentarily open to a combo attack. From here on is where the battle starts. YOUR BEST OFFENSE IN THIS FIGHT IS A GOOD DEFENSE, so wait until Sephiroth is vulnerable to attack. Let him attack, then dodge and attack him, never the other way around. Remember this because this is key to the entire battle. Another key to remember is to do only a single combo attack on him and then wait for him to attack again. Never try and string more than one combo together as he will teleport out of the latter combo and you'll be open to attack. One last noteworthy thing, you MUST be on the ground to block the Dash & Cut attack. Even if you were in mid-air and have only landed a mere second before he launches the attack, you most likely will still get caught in the attack. Sephiroth will randomly do the Dash & Cut attack as well as Omnislash in this phase, along with the most annoying Teleport then Uppercut attack. If you have Reflect Guard equipped, you can block Omnislash and his Uppercut attack by pressing Square. If not, simply use Air Slide to avoid the attack. When he uses Omnislash, either block it or slide away and attack him once he is vulnerable. If Sephiroth teleports behind you, and you are quick enough you may be able to block his uppercut. If you don't have Reflect Guard equipped, dash away. But take note here as well that he may choose to teleport more than once to do a second or third uppercut. Either way, he will continue with Omnislash afterward so don't attack until he is done with this. In the most likely even that the Uppercut connects with Sora, you will be shot up into the air where he will perform a mid-air Omnislash combo. If this happens, wait about a full second while in mid-air and then press Square to do the Revenge Slash: You'll break out of your ascent upward and, if timed right, you'll have landed a hit on Sephiroth as soon as he teleports to the air landing him open for an aerial combo. Even if you miss him you'll still be in a better position to avoid his combo. Simply keep hitting Square until you land a hit and then combo. Continue on with this strategy until you have depleted 5 of his life bars, which will begin his second attack phase. 2nd Phase --------- All of the above attacks remain in this phase with a few additions or tweaks. Omnislash now has a much greater range of attack & will requiere 2 Air Slides to dodge it (if you can actually get away from it), or just block with Reflect Guard. Sephiroth will produce black orbs that form around Sora and pull toward his position. You can simply ignore them and dodge through them when few, but when there are a lot of orbs, knock them away and even bat them back at Sephiroth to do some minor damage. Don't get too caught up with the orbs, however, because Sephiroth makes his way over to you and will perform Omnislash at his earliest convenience so just worry about the orbs that are in your way to escape, then slide out of the way of danger. Sephiroth will also perform Descend Heartless Angel (DHA) in which he will mutter a few words while teleporting away from Sora in order to rise into the air for this nasty attack: It brings you down to 1 HP and 0 MP. Here, you have two options. First option is to try and hit him. This is where you'll need High Jump Level 2 because he is too high out of normal High Jump attacking range and you won't reach him. High Jump Level 2 enables you to get to his position, with my suggestion of having Air Dodge equipped, hit X and you'll gain some extra needed height to attack him. Once you land a hit he will stop the sequense of DHA and he will forfeit his attack. Your other option is what to do if he attack before you can reach him. If you know you'll be out of range then DON'T EVEN GO FOR IT. Reason is because he will connect and drain your HP to 1, then with you at close proximity he will perform Pillar of Fire, which now draws Sora in toward him making it much harder to dodge, in which case you die. (Note: either run or slide away from Pillar of Fire, don't jump. If you jump you'll be sucked in quicker in air and will get hit with the fire) When you know you can't reach Sephiroth in time to stop DHA, hold your position and heal with an Elixir or Hi Potion when the attack is over (if you are good enough you can actually use Curaga at the precise moment before DHA connects and you will fully heal HP, but still lose MP). Be prepared that since you are at a distance now he is going to go directly into his Dash & Cut attack. You'll notice this right away because the screen will turn it's usual darker shade. Heal, block the Dash and then attack when he is open. Continue all of this but be advised he may use Pillar of Fire at random. Once brought down to 5 health bars remaining he will begin his final attack phase. 3rd Phase --------- Sephiroth will stop dead and produce a pnk aura that glows around the upper portion of his outfit. This denotes his last phase. He becomes even faster and will sometimes even glide across the ground to attack Sora. His Omnislash will now go the length of the battle field and he will conjure dozens of black orbs to hityou. He will no longer use Pillar of Fire, but Dash & Cut and DHA still remain with the addition of Meteor. Still use the previous strategies for the other attack: Block Dash & Cut, then attack; hit Sephiroth to stop DHA; and try to somehow avoid Omnislash (Air Slide is useless as he will connect always due to it's massive range). Once he summons Meteor, slide out of the way to avoid the attack as best you can, making your way over to Sephiroth. He is actually out of attacking range but stay as close as possible to get in an attack once he lands. **What I did was avoid Meteor, work my way over to Sephiroth while target locked on him, jump as if to attack when close and get hit by Meteor. Sounds dumb, but once you are hit once and you are near Sephiroth, hit Square to Revenge Slash and Sora willremain above most of the Meteors only to hit Square again once hit (sustaining minor damage) until the attack is over and Sephiroth is vulnerable. To be quite honest and accurate, the only times when Sephiroth is really vulnerable to attack in this phase is after Meteor and Dash & Cut. You'll simply have to be patient and have some luck as to find an opening. Quite difficult, but many failed attempts should yield you a good eye for his attack and a win! After the Battle ---------------- Well done! Congratulate yourself for beating one of the hardest bosses ever (i'd say). Sit back and enjoy the Showdown of Fate. You earned it! After the Showdown of Fate cutscene Tifa will give you Fenrir, the best Keyblade in the game. Fenrir has Attack +7, Magic Attack +1 and auto-ability of Combo Minus (decreasing your overall combo hits by one). Website ------- If your interested visit my Kingdom Hearts Website: http://www.freewebs.com/heartlesscenter -------The End-------