Crisis Core FFVII Reunion Max Level: How To Level Up Fast

Learn everything there is about the leveling system and how to reach the max level in Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII Reunion

The Max Level in Crisis Core FFVII Reunion is no easy feat to achieve for the average player, as you will consistently need to farm EXP for Zack. But unlike most RPGs, reaching the overall max level grind and progression works uniquely, to say the least. Besides the max character level for Zack, you will also need to consider min/maxing out the levels of his materia and stats.

Key Highlights

  • The level progression in Crisis Core FFVII Reunion is unique, unlike most other Final Fantasy titles.
  • Reaching the maximum level in Crisis Core FFVII can take up to several hours of grinding, as the only way to earn EXP is by defeating enemies and bosses.
  • The Leveling feature is tied to the DMW system which allows players to level up Zack using the stored EXP.
  • There are a few ways to quickly farm EXP to reach Max Level, such as defeating special enemies in a particular side mission called the Scissor Chitins.
  • These enemies provide a huge amount of EXP but will require some powerful materia and attacks to farm efficiently with ease.
  • Lastly, players can also steer the DMW’s ‘777’ combination in their favor by equipping accessories such as the Cursed Ring.

How Does The Leveling System Work?

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Leveling up using ‘777’ (Image Captured by us)

So in order to understand the leveling system of Crisis Core, we have to trace our steps to its most noteworthy mechanics, which is the DMW system. If you’ve played the original title back on the PSP or are already past the remaster’s tutorial section, you will probably be acquainted with the DMW (Digital Mind Wave).

Simply put, it is a spinning slot machine that, just like its real-life counterpart, is based on complete RNG as it provides you with various combinations which then grant you buffs, Limit Breaks, and other helpful bonuses which can drastically help Zack during combat. Not to mention on rare occasions, you can even use it to call in Summons, such as Ifrit, to help you in tough boss fights.

However, our main focus is the point that the DMW System is directly linked to level progression. How it works is that there is an invisible EXP counter which you gain slowly by, of course, defeating enemies and other foes. But in order to level up Zack, the DMW will verify the current threshold of the stored EXP that Zack currently has, and then there will be a chance for you to roll a ‘777’ combination in the DMW slot.

The ‘777’ will allow you to level up Zack, and the more excess EXP you have stored at the moment, the better the chances of this combination rolling on the DMW during combat encounters.

So in layman’s terms, as long as you keep defeating enemies and completing encounters, you will store eventually store enough EXP that the DMW will generate the ‘777’ roll to level you up. So now let’s discuss the ways you can speed that process up so you can learn how to level up fast and achieve the max value of Level 99 for Zack in Crisis Core FFVII Reunion.

Steps To Level Up Fast In Crisis Core FFVII Reunion

The earliest where you can start increasing your levels is whenever you can unlock the side missions in the game, such as M1-1-6: 1000 Shinra Troops, where you can endlessly clear 1000 enemies in order to gain EXP as quickly as possible. However, in order to maximize your profits, you can follow our detailed list of prerequisites below, which will make you overpowered right from the early going in order to make EXP farming a total breeze.

Get The Magic Pot Summon

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Receiving the Magic Pot (Image Captured by eXputer)

One of the best EXP farming requires some of the Best Materia of the game so that you can kill the foes in that particular farm route with ease. Completing Side Mission: 4-2-6 will unlock the Wutai Secret Shop, which sells some overpowered materia right off the bat, such as Hell Blizzaga and Quake.

So in order to gather up or purchase these powerful materia as quickly as possible, you will need to unlock the Magic Pot, which isn’t anything too confusing since it unlocks as a hidden summon from the mission: 10-2-3. It is here where it will spawn as a random encounter, and you will essentially need to perform the actions requested by it to gain access to it.

Once you do have the Magic Pot summon, the next step is essentially using it in that same mission to gather a bunch of rare items, such as Gold Rolling Pins, so you can sell them in the shop and gain a heap ton of Gil.

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Farming Magic Pot DMW summons (Image by eXputer)

Since the 10-2-3 mission will only spawn Tonberries, you can kill most of them and leave one alive in order to consistently AFK farm and land the Magic pot in the DMW. The Magic Pot Summon will have a higher chance to roll on the DMW as long as you don’t have too many of the other DMW slots open from the main story or by unlocking other summon creatures such as Chocobo or Cactuar.

Whichever way you manage to gather up Gil, it doesn’t really matter since it is based around Level 40-45 but only if you want to do it as early as possible, then continue down below on what the materia setup should look like.

The Loadout For EXP Farming

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The Loadout (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)

As shown in the image above, this will be our loadout for the upcoming farming route we have discussed. The Main items that we need from the list include the first three materia, and the rest are up to you as they mainly help boost our overall HP and ATK parameters to ensure survivability against the creatures.

Most of the materia can be crafted and fused via the Materia Fusion Mechanic of Crisis Core Reunion:

  • Blast Wave (Mastered Graviga + Assault Twister)
  • Status Ward (Stop + HP UP)
  • Hell Blizzaga (Octoslash + Dark Blizzard, can also be bought from Wutai Secret Shop for 15,000 Gil)
  • Hp UP++ (HP UP + Octoslash)
  • ATK UP++ (ATK UP + Octoslash)
  • Mug (Steal + Electrocute)

The most important accessories you will need from the loadout is easily the Wizard Amulet which will not only boost your MP, VIT, and SPR stats but will also convert incoming Fire, Ice, and Lightning attacks into HP.

If you can unlock the two extra accessory slots from Chapter 4 onwards, then feel free also to use the Jeweled Ring and Mog’s Amulet to increase your luck for item drops, as well as the Twisted Headband, which will maintain the Endure Status effect on Zack to make sure he doesn’t get knocked back by enemy attacks.

The EXP Farming Mission

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Mission M8-6-4: SOS? (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

We have pointed out previously that missions such as M1-1-6: 1000 Shinra Troops are a good way to safely farm EXP and get to the max level in Crisis Core FFVII Reunion, but the mission that we found the best for our time was Mission M8-6-4: SOS? which is fairly lengthy to unlock but thankfully you can start accessing prior mission prerequisites to unlock it right from Chapter 3.

The enemies that we are looking to farm here are the Scissor Chitins which can net you about 11000 EXP, and the route we recommend is right off to the right from the starting point, where you can rapidly chain two encounter sections. If you end up spawning creatures besides the enemies we are looking for, then simply run to the edge of the arena to escape the encounter and repeat until you can get them to spawn.

Now the fastest way to kill the Scissor Chitins in order to farm EXP quickly revolves around using the Blast Wave materia which can knock back them back and deal an absurd amount of damage.

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The Scissor Chitins (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

If you are preferably running the Wizard Amulet and the Twisted Headband, then you should have no problem against the hard-hitting attacks of these creatures. Repeat the process as long as you want in order to roll a 777 on the DMW to level up Zack and if you want to store, disable the DMW in order to store larger amounts of EXP, then try using the Cursed Ring for a few minutes so you can level up instantaneously after unequipping it.

Lastly, we would encourage you not to grind to max level In Crisis Core as soon as possible as there are a few other ways to exploit the DMW for other farming methods in the game, but that decision ultimately comes down to you. This is by far the best method available right now in order to reach the max level cap in the game.

The Wrap-Up

According to a Subreddit Post regarding some leveling tips for Crisis Core FFVII Reunion, a few users also pointed out that you can use the Side Mission 1-1-1 to AFK farm and level up your materia. It is because the SOLDIER operatives in the mission deal little to no damage at all. So if you are looking to min/max your favorite materia alongside grinding to the max character level, then that mission is a surefire way to do it.

Crisis Core FFVII Reunion is a remaster that will only attract more audiences to experience the rich storytelling and lore of the Final Fantasy VII Universe. The Action RPG combat combined with the stellar storytelling is a fantastic package. The visuals have received a significant overhaul which you can read in more detail with our Review of Crisis Core FFVII Reunion.

The Buster Sword is one of the most iconic weapons in the franchise, but if you are looking to get it quickly, you may have to complete prior chapters containing tough boss fights such as the Bahamut Fury. If you’re looking to get everything done in a single playthrough to earn that 100% Completion, then be sure to check out how you can achieve the Good Match For Aerith Trophy.

For now, this wraps up our guide on the Max level for Crisis Core FFVII Reunion. If it helps you out in any way or if you have any further questions related to the guide, then be sure to let us know in the comments section below so we can try to help you out in any kind of way possible.

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Sulaymaan Ahmad

A prospective engineer with a long-standing love for competitive multiplayer shooters and narrative-driven experiences. When not sharing his meme-filled thoughts on Facebook, he can be found rocking Buck or Smoke in Rainbow Six Siege.

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