Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier enters its fourth season on September 1st. Before the fourth season begins, the game has added a brand new variant mode. In this mode, players can play as famous enemies of the Final Fantasy franchise such as Cactuar, Bomb, Slug-Ray, Bahamut and Cloud’s Nemesis Sephiroth, the esteemed Solider 1st Class with his legendary Masamune in hand.
Variant mode is only available until August 31st, but in the meantime, you can dive into combat against these enemies as your custom soldier character, or control versions of these prolific enemies that are similar to their aesthetics and mechanics in the Final Fantasy games to play .
This guide will show you the different options to try playing as Sephiroth, Bahamut and more for Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier variant mode.
What is variant mode
Variant mode is a 9v3 mode. It allows nine players to pit their custom soldier, which they played for ranked or standard matches, against three players who can transform into variants.
These variants are:
- Slug Ray
Each of these variants play mechanically like the enemies you’ve fought in other Final Fantasy games. The bomb can unleash fireballs and explode on death to decimate the area. Slug-Ray can fly around and fire his artillery. Cactuar can dash through the area, is difficult to damage due to its tiny frame, and can eject needles at enemies. Bahamut can fly across the map, launch bombing attacks and create distinctive destructive flares to devour the enemy team. Sephiroth is able to glide across the map, slashing enemies with ease, summoning comets from the sky, and even teleporting over an enemy player before knocking them down to execute them.
How to play as Sephiroth
From the main menu, you need to tap Game Mode in the box on the right.
Then select the current event, this is Variant mode. It’s the one where Sephiroth is staring straight at you like he normally is staring at Cloud.
Then you can go ahead and search for a match using this mode.
If all 12 players do not join the game, the game must be searched again.
To ensure you play as a variant team, you must earn variant team tickets. The different ways to earn these variant team tickets are:
- Play matches as a candidate team, controlling your own soldier to fight against the variants
- Deal 100 or more damage in a match
- Play matches to the end without leaving the game
- Play matches without ticking the mode selection screen
Variant Team Tickets can only be earned in Variant mode. You cannot earn Variant Team Tickets by playing other game modes.
Only 10 Variant Team Tickets can be held, and if you team up with friends or as a group, you must have all five Variant Team Tickets available to ensure priority placement as a Variant Team.
It’s important to note that sometimes you’ll just end up in the Variant Team without using tickets. As long as you start matchmaking in variant mode, you can play as Sephiroth even if you don’t have enough tickets.
If all 12 players don’t join before a match starts and you choose Sephiroth, you’ll have to start matchmaking from the beginning. Doing so will lose your chance to play as Sephiroth for that match.
Tickets are not consumed if you do not join the Variant team.
If you die as one of the variants, you can respawn as the variant of your choice as long as no other team member has taken the desired variant. Only one of each variant can be on the map, so you can’t have three Sephiroth walking around at the same time. Like the other variants, Sephiroth has a passive HP restoration that restores 5% HP when a candidate is defeated. Try to continuously kill the candidate team while taking minimal damage so you can play as Sephiroth longer before switching.
Good luck joining the Variant team and playing as Sephiroth for the next few days!
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