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Cloud with Tifa.

Date Mechanics is a special extra in the game Final Fantasy VII. The player can decide who takes Cloud Strife on a date with during the party's second plot related visit to Gold Saucer. This is chosen based upon the dialogue choices and actions of the player throughout the game up to that point. Depending on the player's choices, Cloud may go on a date with Aeris, Tifa, Yuffie, or even Barret.

How each character is chosen is based upon a hidden value in the game's code. It cannot be viewed without the use of a cheating device such as a Gameshark. When the game is started, the opening values are:

Character Points
Aeris 50
Tifa 30
Yuffie 10
Barret 0

As the game progresses, these values change depending upon the player's actions. The character with the highest number of points when the date sequence occurs is the one that appears for the sequence. If there is a tie, the game chooses based on priority. Aeris has top priority, followed by Tifa, then Yuffie, then Barret. Aeris is the most likely candidate for the date, but it is not overly difficult to obtain the other two girls as there are several options which very quickly bridge the points gap between starting values- for example, it is possible, in responding positively to Tifa several times at the beginning of the game, to raise her date value above Aeris's starting value before her second appearance.



Cloud with Aeris.

Throughout the game, characters will ask Cloud various questions. How he answers often affects the value that decides the date. No other action will change the values. These choices are:


In Midgar

  • When Jessie is talking to Cloud on the subway, coming back from the attack on the Sector 1 Reactor
    • "Thanks anyway" (no change)
    • "Looking forward to it" (-3 Tifa)
  • In the 7th Heaven Bar, Cloud has a flower
    • "Give it to Tifa" (+5 Tifa)
    • "Give it to Marlene" (+5 Barret)
  • When Tifa accuses Cloud of leaving her, his childhood friend
    • "How can you say that!" (+5 Tifa)
    • "...Sorry" (no change)
  • Tifa asks Cloud how he slept the next morning
    • "Next to you, who wouldn't?" (+5 Tifa)
    • "Barret's snoring kept me up..." (+5 Barret)
  • Getting through the subway without being caught by the security system (+5 Tifa, +5 Barret)
  • Cloud is barely hanging on after the explosion in the Sector 5 Reactor
    • "(Be strong)" (+2 Barret)
    • "(I don't know if I can hold on)" (-3 Barret, +1 Tifa)
  • When Aeris is fleeing from Reno in the Sector 5 Church
    • Push a wrong barrel (-3 Aeris)
    • Ask her to fight them (-1 Aeris)
    • Ask her to run (no change)
    • Ask her to run, but she has to fight (-1 Aeris)
    • Push the right barrel (+1 Aeris)
  • Aeris asks Cloud if Tifa is his girlfriend
    • "No way!" (+1 Aeris)
    • "Yeah, that's right" (-5 Aeris)
  • In the Sector 6 playground
    • "Take her home." (no change)
    • "Go on to to Sector 7" (+1 Aeris)
  • If Tifa is chosen as Don Corneo's date
    • "You alright?" (+3 Aeris)
    • "We gotta help Tifa!" (-2 Aeris)
  • If Aeris is chosen as the Don Corneo's date
    • "You alright?" (-2 Tifa)
    • "We gotta help Aeris!" (+3 Tifa)
  • If Cloud is chosen as Don Corneo's date, when the Don asks if he has a boyfriend
    • "Yes, his name's Barret..." (+5 Barret)
  • When everybody lands in the sewer
    • Talk to Aeris first (+3 Aeris)
    • Talk to Tifa first (+3 Tifa)
  • Marlene asks if Cloud thinks Aeris is interested in him
    • "I don't know" (+3 Tifa, -3 Aeris)
    • "Let's hope so" (-3 Tifa, +3 Aeris)
  • First meeting Red XIII
    • "Tifa, I'm countin' on you!" (-2 Tifa)
    • "Barret, take care of her!" (+2 Barret)
  • Once the party splits up, if either Barret, Aeris, or Tifa are in your party they get a +2 boost
  • When captured, Tifa asks Cloud if he can break out*
    • "Leave it to me" (+1 Tifa)
    • "Kinda hard" (-1 Tifa)
* This question can be answered repeatedly, and adds or subtracts to Tifa's value with each response.
  • When Cloud can is thinking of people
    • Whoever he thinks of first (+3 Aeris, +3 Barret, or no change for Red XIII)
    • Whoever he thinks of second (+1 Aeris, +1 Barret, or no change for Red XIII)
    • Whoever he thinks of last (no change for anybody)
  • Whoever is in your party for escaping Midgar will get a +1 bonus

In Kalm

  • When Barret leaves and asks for Cloud to get a move on
    • "Wait a sec" (no change)
    • "Beautiful, just beautiful (+3 Barret)
    • "Is that all?" (-1 Barret)
    • "Right" (+1 Barret)
  • When talking to woman who mentions that Mako is convenient (these values only change if the characters are in your present party)
    • "Yeah Maybe" (-2 Barret, -1 Aeris, -1 Tifa)
    • "You're full of it" (+2 Barret, +1 Aeris, +1 Tifa)
  • When talking to the woman who mentions that the old ways were better (these values only change if the characters are in your present party)
    • "Yeah, maybe" (+2 Barret, +1 Aeris, +1 Tifa)
    • "No way" (-2 Barret, -1 Aeris, -1 Tifa)

Meeting Yuffie

  • For every right answer Yuffie gets +2 points, for every wrong answer there is no change. It is possible to say the right answer for all the questions except the last one and repeat the event to increase her affection value each time.

In Fort Condor

  • When Cloud first talks to the old guy
    • "I guess so" (+5 Barret, +3 Aeris, +3 Tifa, +2 Yuffie)
    • "Not interested" (-5 Barret, -3 Aeris, -3 Tifa, -1 Yuffie)
  • When the old guy tells Cloud about his problem
    • "All right" (+5 Barret, +3 Aeris, +3 Tifa, +2 Yuffie)
    • "Not interested" (-5 Barret, -3 Aeris, -3 Tifa, -1 Yuffie)

In the Cargo Ship

  • When Yuffie asks for Tranquilizers
    • "Here, use this" (+4 Yuffie)
    • "Nope" (-2 Yuffie)
  • Aeris asks to go on an Airship
    • "I'll take you someday" (+2 Aeris)
    • "I dunno..." (-2 Aeris)
  • Tifa asks about the war
    • "Yeah..." (+2 Tifa)
    • "I don't know" (-2 Tifa)

In Gold Saucer

  • Whoever you pick to first accompany Cloud through the amusment park gets a +3 boost. Picking Red XIII does nothing.

In Corel Prison

  • Whoever you pick to go with Cloud and Barret to fight Dyne gets a boost. Aeris gets a +10, Tifa gets a +3, and Yuffie gets a +2. Picking Red XIII does nothing.

In Gongaga

  • After meeting with Zack's parents you can talk to either Tifa or Aeris. Ignoring them will cost you -3 points each. Talking to Tifa will boost +1, it does not matter what you pick. Talking to Aeris gives a choice.
    • "Poor guy" (+1 Aeris)
    • "(...jealous...envious...}" (+2 Aeris)

In Wutai

  • Going through the entire Wutai Materia sidequests boost Yuffie's points +10.


After all of these events have been completed by the player, no further alterations to the hidden value can be made during normal play. Upon returning to Gold Saucer, the character will the highest points becomes Cloud's date. It has been reported that the date mechanics also affect a scene later in the game, involving Tifa and Cloud under the Highwind, but this is an error and the results of this scene are dependent on a different value attached only to Tifa, which is modified by her usage in combat throughout the game.

Any optional dialogue with Aeris, Tifa, Yuffie or Barret not noted on this page does not affect the date scene in any way. For example, it does not matter what the player says to Aeris upon waking up in her church, or any of their interactions with the party in Costa Del Sol. Also note that in a few situations where other party members can recieve points, Red XIII never does, even if he is an option. This is because he is not an option to date.


  • This mini-quest was repeated in Final Fantasy X, with, in order, Yuna, Rikku, and Lulu, but the end result does not affect the storyline. The only reward for this is determining who will throw the Blitzball for Tidus to kick for his Blitz Ace Overdrive's finisher. Some cutscenes change slightly also.

See Also

  • Final Fantasy VII: Date Mechanics Guide by Terence Fergusson, the info on this page is based upon the work here.

This article uses material from the "Date Mechanics" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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