Buster Sword Proficiency Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII Reunion

Here’s How Crisis Core FFVII Reunion Buster Sword Proficiency Works

In Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion, Zack Fair will, for the most of the game, be using the iconic Buster Sword. This weapon remained one of Final Fantasy’s most memorable weapon designs, and has been associated with this character for decades. It’s only fitting that Zack will be wielding it as players experience the prequel to the Final Fantasy VII extended universe. However, while you won’t be swapping weapons on the fly like your Materia, you can level up your Buster Sword proficiency in Crisis Core FFVII Reunion in a couple of ways.

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Leveling up Zack’s proficiency with the Buster Sword also grants extra abilities and passives for Zack’s battle stance, which you unlock in Chapter 6 of Crisis Core FFVII Reunion. Again, just like when you’re able to fuse Materia, the game will absolutely let you know once you have these new abilities and stance unlocked.

But in order to level up Zack’s proficiencies with this massive blade, you’ll need to do a couple of things. First of all, you will need to be in Battle Stance to gain Buster Sword proficiency through the following methods:

  • Defeating enemies with strong attacks
  • Blocking enemy attacks
  • Using Command Materia

Upon leveling up your proficiency the following skills and passives will be unlocked:

  • Buster Guard and Strong Attack (Skill) DEFAULT – Zack can now use powerful Strong Attacks and Guard enemy strikes with the Buster Sword, with 80% of damage negated from guarding in Battle Stance.
  • Necromose (Passive) DEFAULT – Zack will now regain MP and AP when defeating enemies.
  • Damage Limit Break (Passive) 23% – Any Command Materia or attacks are capable of breaking the 9,999 damage cap. Zack does not need to be wearing accessories to break the damage cap once this passive is unlocked.
  • Barrier Piercing (Passive) 47% – Any Command Materia or attack will now automatically break through an enemy’s barrier.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is available for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. You can read our review here.

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