Final Fantasy VII Remake has 24 Weapon Locations and Weapon Abilities. Finding all weapons and unlocking their abilities is needed for the Weapons Expert trophy.
None of the weapons are missable, you can still get all of them via Chapter Select after the story. In the equipment screen you can see which ones you’ve found.
There are 4 characters (Cloud, Barret, Tifa, Aerith) and 6 weapons per character. Some are automatic story unlocks, others are bought from Merchants, some are found as collectibles in purple chests. To unlock the weapon abilities you need to gain proficiency with the weapon. You do this by using the weapon exclusive ability. For example, Cloud’s Buster Sword has the ability “Focused Thrust” and his Iron Blade has “Triple Slash”. In the Main Menu click on “Materia & Equipment”, go into Weapon Select and on the right side it shows the weapon ability and your proficiency percentage. You need 100% proficiency on all of them for the Weapons Expert trophy. Usually it’s 10% per ability use (use it 10 times for 100%). You must select the ability from the Command Menu during a battle which consumes some ATB. To make it quicker, assign the ability to a specific button in Battle Settings. This way you always have the same button shortcut for the one you want to level up.
- Buster Sword (Cloud) – Focused Thrust
- Iron Blade (Cloud) – Triple Slash
- Nail Bat (Cloud) – Disorder
- Hardedge (Cloud) – Infinity’s End
- Mythril Saber (Cloud) – Blade Burst
- Twin Stinger (Cloud) – Counterstance
- Gatling Gun (Barret) – Focused Shot
- Light Machine Gun (Barret) – Lifesaver
- Big Bertha (Barret) – Maximum Fury
- Steel Pincers (Barret) – Charging Uppercut
- Wrecking Ball (Barret) – Smackdown
- EKG Cannon (Barret) – Point Blank
- Leather Gloves (Tifa) – Divekick
- Metal Knuckles (Tifa) – Overpower
- Sonic Strikers (Tifa) – Focused Strike
- Feathered Gloves (Tifa) – Starshower
- Mythril Claws (Tifa) – Chi Trap
- Purple Pain (Tifa) – True Strike
- Guard Stick (Aerith) – Arcane Ward
- Silver Staff (Aerith) – Sorcerous Storm
- Arcane Scepter (Aerith) – Fleeting Familiar
- Mythril Rod (Aerith) – Ray of Judgment
- Bladed Staff (Aerith) – Lustrous Shield
- Reinforced Staff (Aerith) – ATB Ward
Weapon #1: Buster Sword (Cloud) / Ability: Focused Thrust
Chapter 1 – Starting Weapon for Cloud (automatically equipped).
Weapon #2: Gatling Gun (Barret) / Ability: Focused Shot
Chapter 1 – Starting Weapon for Barret (automatically equipped).
Weapon #3: Leather Gloves (Tifa) / Ability: Divekick
Chapter 3 – Starting Weapon for Tifa (automatically equipped).
Weapon #4: Iron Blade (Cloud) / Ability: Triple Slash
Chapter 3 / Objective: A Job for the Neighborhood Watch / Area: Residential Area – Automatic story reward from Weapon Store, part of the story and unmissable.
Weapon #5: Metal Knuckles (Tifa) / Ability: Overpower
Chapter 5 / Objective: Secret Passageway / Area: Former Rail Yard – Automatic story reward for defeating Crab Warden, cannot be missed.
Weapon #6: Light Machine Gun (Barret) / Ability: Lifesaver
Chapter 6 – Automatic reward for completing the mission, unmissable.
Weapon #7: Sonic Strikers (Tifa) / Ability: Focused Strike
Chapter 7 / Objective: Sentenced to Death / Area: Mako Reactor 5 – B5 (Connecting Passageway) – After going through another room with Airbuster terminals, there will be a purple chest in plain sight in the passageway to the next room. It would be hard not to see this one, its purple color makes it stand out from other chests you have encountered so far.
Weapon #8: Guard Stick (Aerith) / Ability: Arcane Ward
Chapter 8 – Starting Weapon for Aerith (automatically equipped).
Weapon #9: Silver Staff (Aerith) / Ability: Sorcerous Storm
Chapter 8 / Objective: Requests for the Mercenary / Area: Sector 5 Slums Area (Children’s Secret Hideout) – Bought from Moogle Shop.
Weapon #10: Nail Bat (Cloud) / Ability: Disorder
Chapter 8 / Side Quest: Kids on Patrol / Area: Sector 5 Slums Area (Center District) – Automatic Reward for completing Side Quest “Kids on Patrol“.
Weapon #11: Hardedge (Cloud) / Ability: Infinity’s End
Chapter 9 / Objective: To Corneo’s Mansion / Area: Wall Market – Bought from Weapons Store (2000 Gil).
Weapon #12: Arcane Scepter (Aerith) / Ability: Fleeting Familiar
Chapter 9 / Side Quest: A Dynamite Body / Area: Wall Market – Reward for completing Side Quest “A Dynamite Body” or “Shears’ Counterattack“.
Weapon #13: Feathered Gloves (Tifa) / Ability: Starshower
Chapter 10 / Objective: Follow the Waterway / Area: Aqueduct 1 – After draining the water in the first aqueduct, crouch under the sluice that has opened up. There is a purple chest with this weapon.
Weapon #14: Mythril Rod (Aerith) / Ability: Ray of Judgment
Chapter 11 / Objective: Someone’s There / Area: Switchyard 2 (Section C) – After walking through a train compartment, the story wants you to climb up a ladder on the left. Instead of doing so, take the path on the right through another train compartment to find a purple chest with this weapon. If you’ve reached a door where 2 Cripshays (scorpions) break through a door you’ve gone too far and must backtrack.
Weapon #15: Bladed Staff (Aerith) / Ability: Lustrous Shield
Chapter 11 / Objective: Back Amongst Friends / Area: Freight Storage – Use “Steal” Materia on the boss “Eligor”. This is highly missable! If you trigger the fight by accident without having the Materia equipped, pause the game and choose to exit the fight and equip the Steal Materia. You can only steal it from the boss, no other way to obtain it.
Weapon #16: Big Bertha (Barret) / Ability: Maximum Fury
Chapter 13 / Objective: Checking on Friends / Area: Evergreen Park – After going through the tunnel section you come to a new encampment with people in it (can’t miss it). Buy this from the Weapon Shop for 2500 Gil.
Weapon #17: Mythril Claws (Tifa) / Ability: Chi Trap
Chapter 13 / Objective: Finding Wedge / Area: Appendage Boss – Automatic reward for defeating the Appendage Boss, unmissable.
Weapon #18: Wrecking Ball (Barret) / Ability: Smackdown
Chapter 14 / Side Quest: Subterranean Menace / Area: Sector 6 Slums (Evergreen Park) – Reward for completing Side Quest “Subterranean Menace“.
Weapon #19: Steel Pincers (Barret) / Ability: Charging Uppercut
Chapter 14 / Area: Sector 5 Slums (Children’s Secret Hideout) – Bought from Moogle Merchant.
Weapon #20: Mythril Saber (Cloud) / Ability: Blade Burst
Chapter 14 / Area: Wall Market – Bought from Wall Market Weapons Store.
Weapon #21: Purple Pain (Tifa) / Ability: True Strike
Chapter 16 / Objective: Acquiring the Keycard / Area: Lobby – When you play as Tifa solo (away from Cloud/Barret) you will climb over some lights and then fall down to the lobby. In the lobby hop on one of the cars and from there hop onto some walls to advance (story path). Instead of climbing up the first ladder, use the monkey bars on the right to reach this purple chest.
Weapon #22: EKG Cannon (Barret) / Ability: Point Blank
Chapter 16 / Objective: A Helping Hand / 62F Upper Level Corporate Archives – After talking to Mayor in his office, talk to the man “Hart” in front of his office. He asks you for 10,000 Gil. Pay him this money to get the EKG Cannon for Barret.
Weapon #23: Reinforced Staff (Aerith) / Ability: ATB Ward
Chapter 17 / Objective: A Way Out / Area: 65F Hojo’s Laboratory Sublevel (Specimen Enclosures) – In a purple chest in the starting room of this chapter.
Weapon #24: Twin Stinger (Cloud) / Ability: Counterstance
Chapter 17 / Objective: Find the Others / Area: The Drum Level 3 (Passage C) – After XIII (dog) helps you to cross over the 2nd set of test pods, you’ll go through a room where you fight 3 waves of enemies (2 x Mark II Monodrives, 2 x Unknown Entities, 1 x M.O.T.H. Unit). Immediately after exiting this room there’s a purple chest left of some stairs you need to walk up as part of the story. It’s in plain sight and impossible to not see the chest.
That’s all of the Weapon Locations in Final Fantay 7 Remake (FF VII). If you haven’t maxed out an ability on the 1st playthrough don’t worry! After the story you unlock Chapter Select and can quickly farm it, e.g. Chapter 10 has a boss at the very start and is perfect for farming proficiency. If you missed anything you can get it via Chapter Select.
For all other Collectibles and anything needed for 100% completion, check out the Final Fantasy VII Remake Wiki & Strategy Guide.