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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

Repairing the Windmill Settlement - Where the Wind Blows

By
Shane Williams

Where The Wind Blows is one of the first few side quests that’ll become available in the "Grasslands" iconGrasslands of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. It’ll require you to assist Mildred with repairing the windmill by crafting a Windmill Gear. On this page, we’ll provide you with the necessary steps to finding the Windmill Gear Recipe, tracking down the four Lifesprings, and how to obtain a "Quetzalcoatl Talon" iconQuetzalcoatl Talon.

Broden from Kalm is feeling unwell.

A good friend of mines in need of assistance with a repair job, but with my health troubles, I fear I’d do more harm than good. If you’re willing to lend her a hand in my stead, come and see me at the inn. And quickly, please.

How To Start The Where The Wind Blows Side Quest - FFVII Rebirth

The Where The Wind Blows Side Quest can be unlocked via the noticeboard which is located in the northern portion of "Kalm" iconKalm once you’ve completed the prerequisite side quest Livestock’s Bane . It has a recommended level of 22 so we suggest that you spend some time completing world intel activities to level up before tackling these quests. Additionally, you’ll want to spend some time exploring the Grasslands for chests, as some of these will contain stronger weapons for your party.

How to Get the Windmill Gear Recipe

Name Recipe
Windmill Gear x1 "Quetzalcoatl Talon" iconQuetzalcoatl Talon, x2 "Iron Ore" iconIron Ore, x1 "Lea Titanium" iconLea Titanium, x1 "Beast Bone" iconBeast Bone.

(1 of 2) Head to the Bygone Settlement

Head to the Bygone Settlement (left), to acquire the Windmill Gear Recipe. (right)

Unfortunately, Broden is feeling quite unwell which means he won’t be able to help his friend fix a windmill at the local settlement so he enlists Cloud’s assistance. From here, you’ll want to fast travel over to the Windmill Settlement which is located to the northeast of Kalm and speak with Mildred. She’ll mention that she wants to get the windmill back up and running again, but she needs you to craft a specific component via the Transmuter Chip as it can no longer be purchased. The first thing on your agenda is to track down and complete the Excavation Intel 1: Bygone Settlement for the Windmill Gear Recipe and this can be found to the north of the abandoned dock.

How to Get a Quetzalcoatl Talon

Once you’ve unlocked the Windmill Gear Recipe you’ll notice that you’ll need a "Beast Bone" iconBeast Bone, Lea Titanium, "Iron Ore" iconIron Ore, and a "Quetzalcoatl" iconQuetzalcoatl Talon to craft it. The Beast Bone, Lea Titanium, and Iron Ore can be found naturally by picking up items throughout the Grasslands and fighting enemies whereas in order to track down the location of a Quetzalcoatl you’ll need to scan four of the six Lifesprings for the Classified Intel: Wings of Lacertilian Yore.

Expedition Intel 4: Grasswastes Lifespring Location

The Expedition Intel 4: Grasswastes Lifespring can be found to the southeast of Kalm.

Expedition Intel 1: Cragshade Lifespring Location

The Expedition Intel 1: Cragshade Lifespring can be found to the northwest of "Bill’s Ranch" iconBill’s Ranch Tower.

(1 of 4) Cragshade Lifespring Location

Expedition Intel 2 - Wetlands Lifespring Location

The Expedition Intel 2 - Wetlands Lifespring can be found to the west of the Swamplands Tower.

Expedition Intel 6 - Cavern Lifespring Location

The Expedition Intel 6 - Cavern Lifespring can be found to the south of Mako Pipeline Maintenance Warehouse.

Defeat Quetzalcoatl

Scanning the fourth Lifespring will cause the Classified Intel: Wings of Lacertilian Yore to appear on your map and it can be found to the southeast of the Mako Pipeline Maintenance Warehouse. Here you’ll need to take down the Quetzalcoatl to acquire its talon and you easily do so by following our handy How to Beat Quetzalcoatl Guide.

(1 of 2) Head to this location on the map

Head to this location on the map (left), to find the Quetzalcoatl. (right)

After Quetzalcoatl has been slain, craft the Windmill Gear via the "Item Transmuter" iconItem Transmuter and return to the Windmill Settlement to give the item to Mildred. This will allow her to get the windmill back up and running. Finally, collect the Orb of Cleansing Materia from behind the windmill before making your way back to Kalm and speaking with Broden to bring the quest to a close. Here you’ll be rewarded with the "Whistlewind Scarf" iconWhistlewind Scarf (slightly fills the ATB gauge at the start of battle), deepen your relationship with "Red XIII" iconRed XIII, Party EXP, and 400 EXP.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms,
    PS5
  • 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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