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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

Barret Combat Guide

Shane Williams

There are seven playable characters in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and they all have very different play styles which are better for certain combat situations. Barret excels at ranged combat and has tanking capabilities if used correctly. On this page, we’ll provide you with the necessary steps to better utilize him.

Barret’s Weapons can pack a punch,

How to Play as Barret - Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

Barret is another ranged character like Aerith and Yuffie, but he has a lot more HP (Health) than the others so you’ll want to use him to take the aggro off your allies by using skills like "Lifesaver" iconLifesaver. The best way to utilize Barret from a DPS standpoint is to have him continuously use Maximum Fury until your opponent is pressured and then follow up with "Focused Shot" iconFocused Shot to stagger them. You can then return to using Maximum Fury while getting in the odd Overcharge to deal the most amount of damage as possible.

Overcharge is where Barret shines, as it deals tons of damage and massively increases the pressure gauge. We recommend that you use it while having the "Bonus Round" iconBonus Round ability active as it’ll further increase the damage output. Unfortunately, overcharge doesn’t have the quickest of recharge times but you can improve it by equipping the Overload Overcharge Weapon Skill.

Best Abilities For Barret

You will find a list of what we consider to be Barret’s best abilities in the table below, which are learned via obtaining new weapons.

Ability Description
Steelskin Temporarily reduce damage taken and how easily you are interrupted.
"Lifesaver" iconLifesaver Temporally increase your HP and take damage intended for others members.
"Focused Shot" iconFocused Shot Consume all ATB charges to unleash a concentrated burst of energy. Significantly increases stagger
Maximum "Fury" iconFury Consume all ATB charges to fire a long stream of bullets at an enemy.

Steelskin and Lifesaver

Barret is essentially the tank of the team, so you’ll want to always have Lifesaver active as it’ll increase his HP (Health) and cause him to take any damage which was intended for your allies. This will become extremely useful when you’re tackling the harder levels of the Combat Simulation later in the game. Steelskin is another skill which you’ll want to have active alongside it as it’ll decrease the damage he’ll take which reduces the risk of him dying.

Focused Shot and Maximum Fury

Focused Shot and Maximum "Fury" iconFury are some of the more harder hitting skills in Barret’s arsenal, but they excel in very different scenarios. Maximum Fury is best used when you’re trying to deal damage to multiple enemies at once whereas Focused Shot is a skill you’ll only want to use when your opponent is pressured. Additionally, both of these attacks can deal extra damage if you use them with two ATB Charges.

(1 of 2) Barret has four different synergy abilities.

Barret has four different synergy abilities. (left), Barret has seven weapons which all excel at different things. (right)

Barret’s Weapons and What Abilities They Grant

You can find seven weapons for Barret throughout the game and a lot of these provide useful skills which will make the harder battles easier. If you want to deal more magic based damage with Barret then you’ll want the "Fafnir Rifle" iconFafnir Rifle as it has the highest magic stat out of all the available weapons. Alternatively, if you want to deal more physical based damage then you’ll want to go with the "Hi-Caliber Rifle" iconHi-Caliber Rifle.

Weapon Ability Chapter Location
"Gatling Gun" iconGatling Gun "Focused Shot" iconFocused Shot Chapter 2 Initial Equip
"Hi-Caliber Rifle" iconHi-Caliber Rifle "Bonus Round" iconBonus Round Chapter 2 "Grasslands" iconGrasslands, on the northern end of the large island in the middle of the swamp
"Barrage Blaster" iconBarrage Blaster "Lifesaver" iconLifesaver Chapter 7 Inside of Railway Control Tower - 1F inside of the Coal Mines
"Vulcan Cannon" iconVulcan Cannon "Charging Uppercut" iconCharging Uppercut Chapter 8 Northeast part of Scrapyard Prison Cell in the Corel region desert
"Fafnir Rifle" iconFafnir Rifle "Point Blank" iconPoint Blank Chapter 9 Compete the side quest, The Pursuit of Perfection
"Calamitous Bazooka" iconCalamitous Bazooka "Smackdown" iconSmackdown Chapter 10 In the Gate of Anger room inside of the Cave of Gi
Battle Cry Turbulent Spirit Chapter 13 In the Corridor of Catastrophe

All Synergy Skills for Barret

There are three different Synergy Skills you can use with Barret (depending on who’s in your party) and these are good to use when you’re trying to generate ATB. Mad Dash is a good option to use against enemies that are staggered as the three-hit combo can deal lots of damage and Friendly Fire is a good shout when dealing with flying enemies, such as the "Cyclone Drake" iconCyclone Drake.

Ability Character Description
Mad Dash Cloud/"Red XIII" iconRed XIII/Yuffie Team up with your partner to charge forward while guarding against incoming attacks. Activate in sequence to trigger a three-hit combo
Iron "Defense" iconDefense All Team up with your partner to take a strong defensive stance
Friendly "Fire" iconFire Tifa/Aerith/"Cait Sith" iconCait Sith Team up with your partner to perform a ranged scattershot attack.

All Synergy Abilities for Barret

Barret has five Synergy Abilities in his arsenal, and these can be used by using certain attacks with your ATB charges to build up pips. United Refocus isn’t worth wasting your pips on until you get your hands on level 3 limit breaks which won’t be unlockable until the final few chapters of the game. We recommend that you use Arcane Blast for the unlimited MP and then use Purrfect Shot or Avalanche Two-Step when you’ve staggered your opponent.

Ability Character Description Effect
Arcane Blast Aerith Barret imbues his shots with Aerith’s magic and unleashes a ranged attack. Temporary Unlimited MP
United Refocus Cloud/"Red XIII" iconRed XIII Barret and Cloud/"Red XIII" iconRed XIII hone their focus. Temporary 3-charge ATB Gauge
Ninja Carbine Yuffie Barret and Yuffie lean into their shared prowess and unleash a ranged attack. Limit Level Increase
Purrfect Shot "Cait Sith" iconCait Sith Barret uses "Cait Sith" iconCait Sith for support while he unleashes a ranged attack. "Attack" iconAttack Power Boost / Staggered Time Extension (Staggered Foe)
Avalanche Two-Step Tifa Barret and Tifa team up to take down an enemy. "Attack" iconAttack Power Boost / Staggered Time Extension

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  • Publisher
    Square Enix
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  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 February 2024
  • Last Updated
    11 July 2024
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The second in a trio of games, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth continues with the epic retelling of the original Final Fantasy VII story. Follow Cloud Strife and company, as they chase Sephiroth, after the events that unfolded in the city of Midgar. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will contain the same action-based combat system introduced in Remake, with additions to keep it fresh. To help you along the way, this guide plans to contain the following content:

  • Breakdown of gameplay elements and combat mechanics
  • Detailed guides on how to play every playable character
  • Boss strategies for those who might be struggling
  • Walkthroughs for the harder-to-complete Side Quests
  • Locations of any and all Collectibles
  • Extensive list of all Minigames, with thorough guides on all of them
  • Roadmap and guide on how to unlock the coveted Platinum Trophy

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