A SOLDIER's Duel

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The courageous have come to Midgar, eager to test their mettle.
Cloud, the Planet's savior, awaits within the tower.
Fell a hero to become one!
★Battle Ranking Event★
~ In-game description

A SOLDIER's Duel is a Ranked "battle tower" event offered in October 2019. It features a progressive battle against Cloud Strife.

Event Details[edit | edit source]

  • Ranked Event: October 23 - November 1, 2019
  • Event type: progressive Tower Battle

How to Participate[edit | edit source]

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  • Select "A SOLDIER's Duel" from the Act 2 world map -- its own red spot.
  • This event is only accessible after a player clears the Runic Temple in Chapter 1

Story[edit | edit source]

Graff, Sophie, and Meia show up at the Mako Reactor... and there's no animosity. Everyone is pleasantly chatting, including the Shinra Soldiers! Graff is greatly confused by this, and asks Wol who he should fight. Wol points to Cloud (Sicarius), who is more than ready to test the mettle of everyone assembled. Game on!

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Play in this area works through a single chain of levels, from the beginning Outer Midgar area up to the top Ragnarok area. As you work your way around the city, the battles at each level will get progressively harder.

Each area features three skirmishes.

  • The first two have mid-difficulty Bosses and common fodder.
  • The third is always Cloud.

The new aspect for this challenge is that Cloud gets help from his friends! Cloud starts out his fight by summoning Aerith or Tifa for special "sub-attacks". These are usually boosts to his strength, but may also be very damaging attacks on you. He'll repeat these as his final action on each turn.

Also, Cloud's Ultimate Gauge (effect).pngUltimate Gauge increases every time he takes damage (but not during Mobius Zone or while he's Broken). As it increases, his attacks get stronger. Once it hits 99, Cloud gains Limit Break (effect).pngLimit Break status -- his next turn will start with his Ultimate attack, Omnislash ∞. It's a hazard to protect against, but it's also an opportunity, because once he reached full Limit Break status, his defensive stats go way down, making him much easier to damage or break! Take advantage of this!

In a few instances, Cloud does not start with a sub-attack, but instead gets an Ultimate Gauge at 96. He's extremely well protected in this form until he hits Limit Break.

Event Map[edit | edit source]

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The blade that saved one planet has come to cleave hope from another. Use all the tricks you have in your arsenal to resist this threat, for none remember the names of those who do not fight.
~ World Map description

The region has one path with a staircase up, leading up to the top at the 10th level. You cannot return to previous areas once they've been beaten.

After completing the Ragnarok area, you enter the "Phantasmic Coil" areas. This is a set of 5 areas that repeat in an infinite loop, also with an increasing difficulty with each area finished. On these levels, there is no fifth Rental Card allowed, and if you lose, you cannot use Icon Phoenix Down.png Phoenix Downs to continue.
A Prize of Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x5 is handed out for each loop of 5 completed.

There are 20 total areas, including the Phantasmic Coil, shortcut areas, and the Starting area. There are 10 treasure chests. Since the treasure chest in the Phantasmic Coil regenerates on each pass, the region technically cannot be Completed.

Areas[edit | edit source]

Area Stamina Battles Description Reward
Outer Midgar - - - (starting point)
Battle 1 2 3 Boss Earth.pngCloud awaits. [FIRE]Fire swarm sighted. Icon Elixir.png Elixir x3
Icon Phoenix Down.png Phoenix Down x3
Icon Ether.png Ether x3
Battle 2 2 3 Boss Earth.pngCloud awaits. [WATER]Water swarm sighted. Seed fire.pngFire x200,000
Seed water.pngWater x200,000
Battle 3 3 3 Boss Earth.pngCloud awaits. [EARTH]Earth swarm sighted. Seed wind.pngWind x200,000
Seed earth.pngEarth x200,000
Battle 4 3 3 Boss Earth.pngCloud awaits. [LIGHT]Light swarm sighted. Seed light.pngLight x200,000
Seed dark.pngDark x200,000
Icon Gold Opener.png Gold Opener x1
Battle 5 4 3 Boss Earth.pngCloud awaits. [DARK]Dark swarm sighted. Icon Fire Pneuma.png Fire Pneuma
Icon Water Pneuma.png Water Pneuma
Battle 6 4 3 Boss Earth.pngCloud awaits. [FIRE]Fire swarm sighted. Icon Wind Pneuma.png Wind Pneuma
Icon Earth Pneuma.png Earth Pneuma
Battle 7 5 3 Boss Earth.pngCloud awaits. [WATER]Water swarm sighted. Icon Light Pneuma.png Light Pneuma
Icon Dark Pneuma.png Dark Pneuma
Icon Crystal.png Crystal x10
Battle 8 5 3 Boss Earth.pngCloud awaits. [EARTH]Earth swarm sighted. Icon Mog Amulet.png Mog Amulet★4
Icon Extranger.png Extranger★4
Battle 9 6 3 Boss Earth.pngCloud awaits. [LIGHT]Light swarm sighted. Icon Gigantuar Bulb.png Gigantuar Bulb★3
Icon Growstar.png Growstar★4
Ragnarok 7 3 Boss Earth.pngCloud awaits. [DARK]Dark swarm sighted. Icon Magicite.png Magicite x300
Icon Summon Ticket.png Summon Ticket x3
Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x30

Phantasmic Coil[edit | edit source]

The five levels after Ragnarok are set in an infinite loop, with a prize on the completion of the fifth area on each loop. Players cannot use Icon Phoenix Down.png Phoenix Downs to continue the battle if they lose, and the fifth "rental" card is not available.

The skirmishes here have a pre-set collection of fiends, but after the 35th kill they will change to other fiends, and again after the 85th kill. The third skirmish always remains as described.

Area Stamina Battles Description Reward
Phantasmic Coil (1) 8 3 Boss Fire.pngCloud awaits. [FIRE]Fire swarm sighted.
Phantasmic Coil (2) Boss Water.pngCloud awaits. [WATER]Water swarm sighted.
Phantasmic Coil (3) Boss Earth.pngCloud awaits. [EARTH]Earth swarm sighted.
Phantasmic Coil (4) Boss Light.pngCloud awaits. [LIGHT]Light swarm sighted.
Phantasmic Coil (5) Boss Dark.pngCloud awaits. [DARK]Dark swarm sighted. Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x5

Ranking Rewards[edit | edit source]

Anyone who completes the first level should make it within the top 20,000 players. It will require a run or two through the Phantasmic Coil to breach the top 10,000.

The top 2,000 players will get Icon Rainbow Key.png Rainbow Keys as a reward. These are used to open special high-end rewards in the Rift.

Final Ranking Rewards
1 – 50
51 – 100
101 – 500
501 – 1000
1001 – 2000
2001 – 3000
3001 – 5000
5001 – 10,000
10,001 – 20,000
20,001 – 30,000
Participation bonus * Icon Mystic Tablet.png Mystic Tablet x10

Notable Enemies[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]