- Estimated trophy difficulty: 5/10 (Platinum Difficulty Rating)
- Offline trophies: 54 (44, 7, 2, 1)
- Online trophies: 0
- Approximate amount of time to Platinum: 65-80hrs (Estimated Time to Platinum Thread)
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 2 + Partial
- Number of missable trophies: None thanks to Chapter Select.
- Glitched trophies: N/A
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: Yes, you will have to beat Hard mode.
- Do trophies stack?: Yes, the Global PS4, EU PS5, NA PS5, Asia PS5 and JP PS5 releases all have seprate lists but so far only the PS5 has the DLC.
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No cheats available
- Additional peripherals required?: No
Welcome to my trophy guide for Final Fantasy VII Remake, the long awaited Square Enix remake of one of the greatest games of all time. While this game only covers Midgar, about 15-20% of the original game, it has been remade into its own 40 hour story that expands heavily on the original game from 1997. Just keep that in mind if you are wanting the full Final Fantasy VII experience, as this remake will most likely be in three or more parts and this is just the first one. Whether you are a fan of the original or checking out Final Fantasy VII for the first time, this guide will cover everything you need on your journey to platinum. I will try to limit spoilers as best I can but if you are worried about them, I recommend completing the game first before continuing with this guide!
To earn the platinum for VII Remake, you will need two full playthroughs, as well as a cleanup playthrough of at least three full chapters. You will need to beat the game on any difficulty to unlock hard mode, then you need to complete every chapter on hard. Lastly, you need to replay Chapter 3, 8, and 9 in full to unlock the final three dresses for Dressed to the Nines. If you want the easiest time with hard mode, I recommend following my walkthrough, which will cover unlocking a very strong accessory before you dive into hard mode. This will give you a leg up on hard mode by allowing you to start every fight with your limit break.
Step 1: complete the game on any difficulty and complete 24/26 side quests.
First of all, there are three difficulties at the start: Classic, Easy & Normal. I recommend playing on Normal so you can learn how to play the game efficiently and prep for hard mode. Normal will provide a slight challenge on some bosses and fights and train you for the harder difficulty later. Feel free to go after collectibles and miscellaneous trophies here. Anything you miss can be cleaned after you beat the game via chapter select or on your hard mode playthrough. Every collectible you pick up is automatically saved when you save the game so it is not necessary to track them all down on a single playthrough. One thing to keep track of is which dresses you obtain in Chapter 3, 8, and 9. Please see Dressed to the Nines for more info to prevent having to play these chapters more than three times. As noted above, you will want to complete all 24 possible side quests on your first playthrough. These side quests are available in Chapters 3, 8, 9 & 14 and are not missable if you do not advance the story during each chapter. There are two additional side quests in Chapter 9 that you cannot get in the same playthrough, as the story branches here. Make sure to note which set of quests you did so you can do the others in your cleanup or hard mode playthrough. More information on this is available under Best in the Business.
In this playthrough, you will earn:
Bonds of Friendship
Gotta Start Somewhere
My First Ability
Materia for Beginners
My First Summon
Heavenly Dart Player
Sultan of Squat
Peeress of Pull-Ups
Night on the Town
Trapped like Sewer Rats
Never the Bride
Picking Up the Pieces
The Pizza in the Sky
No Appointment Needed
Emerging from Chaos
Say It with Flowers
The Johnny Experience
Step 2: Cleanup playthrough and Hard mode prep.
After you beat the game for the first time, you will have access to chapter select. This is a good time to go ahead and clean up things you may have missed, such as being praised by Jessie after the bike mini-game in chapter 4. This is also a good time to replay Chapters 3, 8 & 9 for your second set of dresses. You must complete the chapter for these dress choices to count, so make sure to do so and pick a different dress for each character to work on (see Dressed to the Nines for more info). I personally recommend completing no side quests on any chapter, because beating side quests in hard mode gives you manuscripts that provide more SP for your weapons. When you get to chapter 9 and have defeated the Hell House, complete both of Aerith’s colosseum challenges as this is the only time you can do so. This is important for obtaining the aforementioned accessory above. If you did not complete Tifa and Barret’s colosseum challenges on your first playthrough, you will need to load Chapter 14 and complete all of them. Don’t worry; you can run straight there after the opening chapter cutscenes and then save and quit when you are finished. No need to finish the entire chapter.
When you are done cleaning up trophies, completed all colosseum challenges in Chapter 9 & 14, and obtained a second set of dresses, it is time to farm AP and EXP to prep for the hard VR challenges. The more farming you do on Materia, the easier time you will have with these challenges and your hard playthrough. I have detailed some good farming locations in the Hardened Veteran section. Once you are level 50 and confident in your Materia, load up Chapter 17 on hard and progress through one fight until you get to Chadley and his new VR missions. Complete all of these missions for each character. Make sure to scan a Malboro for Master of Mimicry during the Three-Person Team vs. Monsters of Legend challenge. If you have completed all of Chadley’s new missions, as well as the colosseum challenges, you can then tackle the hardest challenge: Three-Person Team vs. Top Secrets. If you manage to beat this, you will obtain Gotterdammerung. This accessory allows the equipped character to start every fight with their limit break, making your life much easier on hard. Once again refer to Ultimate Weapon. for tips and Materia loadouts, as this is one of the hardest fights in the game.
In this step, you will earn:
Master of Mimicry
That’s the Smell
Step 3: Hard mode, final two side quests and obtain the final three dresses
Hard mode is quite a step up from normal mode. Not only do enemies hit harder and have more health, you cannot use items and your MP does not regenerate at blue benches. MP can only be recovered from the various destructible boxes found throughout chapters, which are seemingly random. Each box recovers 10% of your MP, but that is it. For this reason, I highly recommend farming until you have maxed out eight MP Up Materia. This will give each character +100% MP, which will allow you to have enough MP to make it through a chapter. If you followed my instructions in step 2, you will also have the Gotterdammerung accessory. Putting this on Cloud will trivialize most small battles and help tremendously with most bosses. Lastly, obtain the final three dresses for each character during Chapter 3, 8, & 9. If you did not do side quests in your cleanup playthrough, complete the opposite set from your first playthrough and you will unlock Best in the Business here. Chapters can be played in any order so tackle them how you see fit to finish up and become the Master of Fate!
In this step, you will earn:
Dressed to the Nines
Best in the Business
Master of Fate