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Sephiroth
Sephiroth/Dissidia
Kana セフィロス
Romaji Sefirosu
Japanese Name Sephiroth
Original Game Final Fantasy VII
Story Difficulty
EX Mode Reunion
EX Burst Super Nova
Japanese Voice Actor Toshiyuki Morikawa
English Voice Actor George Newbern
Dissidia Final Fantasy Character
"You're nothing but a puppet."
—Sephiroth


Sephiroth is one of the villains fighting for the side of Chaos in Dissidia Final Fantasy. A legendary SOLDIER operative who wields an impossibly long blade with great ease. In battle, he combines that reach with incredibly swift swordplay that crushes opponents in the blink of an eye. Standing apart from the other villains, Sephiroth has little interest in either destroying the world or ruling it, working towards a separate goal. His immediate desire is to face his archrival Cloud, and he manipulates Cloud's emotions to force him into battle.

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Attire

Sephiroth's alternate costume.

His outfit is a modification of the one from the Final Fantasy VII universe, featuring some changes in order to make it similar to Amano's artwork, such as an ornately decorated belt made of materia looking beads and a highly decorated buckle around his coat, a tail of the same materia-looking beads on his right bracelet, a sash on one arm and one under his coat on the same side, as well as completely new pauldrons, both of which are fully loaded with materia. For his alternate costume, he has his shirtless appearance as seen in the final scripted battle of Final Fantasy VII and his hair is a darker shade. His Manikin version, Imaginary Champion, is cyan.

Story

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Destiny Odyssey

Sephiroth fights Warrior of Light after injuring Firion

The Warrior of Light encounters Sephiroth, who has just defeated Firion who left the group to take back Wild Rose. The two fight and the Warrior of Light wins, although Sephiroth appeared to be uninjured. After the battle Sephiroth asks the Warrior of Light why he is fighting. He explains that he is simply trying to end the war; however Sephiroth believes that he is participating in the war simply for the enjoyment, sensing it's time to fulfill his obligation to Cloud.

Sephiroth converses with Garland about memories before going to see Cloud, who refuses to fight him because there is no meaning. Sephiroth calls Cloud a puppet before revealing Firion's Wild Rose, revealing he ambushed Firion's group while he was away, provoking Cloud as Sephiroth taunts him to pursue.

Sephiroth talks with Golbez

He soon crosses paths with fellow Chaos minion, Golbez. It would seem that Sephiroth had figured out that he was seeking the light and helping his younger brother, Cecil. Sephiroth didn't seem to care that much, and taunted Golbez about his need for light saying that in time, the light of Cosmos will burn him.

Sephiroth fights Cloud

He later crosses paths with Cloud in the Planet's Core, Sephiroth explains why Cloud is a puppet with no will or motivations of his own, simply waiting to be given a command. Declaring that facing Sephiroth was done on his own free will, Cloud fights and defeats him. When Cloud retrieves his Crystal, Sephiroth says it was only through his manipulations that Cloud got as far as he did, and he will continue to manipulate him in the future.

Afterward, the Emperor and Ultimecia approach him asking for an alliance to rule over all, even Chaos. Sephiroth declined and was about to fight the conspirators when suddenly, the Emperor noticed Bartz spying on them, thus giving Sephiroth the opportune moment to leave the battle.

Shade Impulse

Leaving the warriors of Chaos, Sephiroth reveals to Garland his plan to achieve godhood by becoming one with the world itself. Sephiroth is fought one last time by Cloud. He once again presses that he is Cloud's manipulator, saying that he is infected with a disease: hope, and wants to turn that hope into despair. After the ensuing battle and his second defeat, Sephiroth declares that even though Cloud denies his ties with him, Sephiroth will always return as long as Cloud is as he currently is.


Battle

See also: Sephiroth/Dissidia/Quotes.

In battle, Sephiroth uses a "Focused Blade" style, constantly bombarding his enemies with swift sword attacks. Sephiroth's Brave attacks are unique in that many of them hit the opponent multiple times with only a single button press. While pressing File:Circle-button.png again will continue the combo, pressing it too soon will prevent Sephiroth from finishing the first strike before moving on to the second, minimizing overall damage. Timing is crucial to maximizing Sephiroth's power. When properly timed his melee strikes are very powerful, but he has very few ranged capabilities. He is also one of the best guard crushers, second only to Terra. Sephiroth's ground speed is fairly fast, but he is not as fast as other characters such as Shantotto and Onion Knight, and since both of them are very small in size, they are very evasive, which makes it hard for him to catch them.

Boss

Main article: Sephiroth (Dissidia Boss)

Sephiroth is fought in Destiny Odyssey I and VII, Shade Impulse, Distant Glory, and Inward Chaos.

Brave Attacks

Move Type CP (Mastery) AP for Mastery Obtained Description Image
Reaper Ground 30 (15) 120 Initial Attack an enemy with a three sword swings that hit multiple times.
Additional Effect: Chase
Shadow Flare (ground) Ground 30 (15) 120 Initial Summon 4 energy balls around enemy that converge upon them
Fervent Blow Ground 30 (15) 120 Level 24 Swing sword to fire multiple energy waves. If the waves strike the opponent, Sephiroth teleports closer to strike them again and knock them away.
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Sudden Cruelty Aerial 30 (15) 180 Initial Aerial combo, similar to Reaper but with two hits instead of three.
Additional Effect: Chase
Oblivion Aerial 30 (15) 180 Level 3 Dash past enemy to strike them multiple times
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Godspeed Aerial 30 (15) 180 Level 8 Swing sword to fire multiple energy waves. If the waves strike the opponent, Sephiroth teleports closer to strike them again and knock them away
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Shadow Flare (midair) Aerial 30 (15) 180 Level 19 Summon 4 energy balls around enemy that converge upon them

HP Attacks

Move Type CP (Mastery) AP for Mastery Obtained Description Image
Octaslash (ground) Ground 40 (20) 300 Initial Quickly charge forward while slashing multiple times
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Scintilla (ground) Ground 40 (20) 300 Initial Guard and charge forward with a single slash to hit multiple times, then strike again to do HP damage
Additional Effect: Wall Rush, Block
Black Materia Ground 40 (20) 300 Level 33 Charge and summon a meteor to attack. Normally, the meteor is flung from above Sephiroth very quickly, but has short range. Charged, the meteor descends from above the opponent slowly
Additional Effect: Wall Rush (Charged)
Hell's Gate Aerial 40 (20) 300 Initial Swing sword and stab downward rapidly. Release button to stop and unleash a circular wave of energy around Sephiroth, or hold button to slam into the ground and create a fissure around him.
Octaslash (midair) Aerial 40 (20) 300 Level 13 Quickly charge forward while slashing multiple times
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Scintilla (midair) Aerial 40 (20) 300 Level 28 Guard and charge forward with a single slash to hit multiple times, then strike again to do HP damage
Additional Effect: Wall Rush, Block
Heaven's Light Aerial 40 (20) 300 Level 38 Swing sword and charge upwards on an angle
Additional Effect: Wall Rush

EX Mode

Super Nova

Sephiroth's EX Mode is called Reunion, in which he gets a single black wing on the right side of his back, similar to his appearance in Advent Children as well as in the Kingdom Hearts series. In EX Mode he gains the ability to glide, and a variation of Heartless Angel, which reduces his opponent's Brave Points to 1 by pressing R and Image:Square-button.png‎. While it has a long casting time, it is faster than Golbez's similar Black Fang and Ultimecia's Time Crush.

His EX Burst is Super Nova, where the player repeatedly taps Image:Circle-button.png to fill up a limit meter. If the limit meter is filled up, Sephiroth knocks the opponent into the exploding sun. If the meter is not filled, Sephiroth merely executes a normal sword slash. In the full version of the move, Sephiroth stands in front of the fire in a similar fashion to the way he stands among the burning village during the Nibelheim Incident, his trademark scene.

Equipment

Sephiroth can equip the following: Katanas, Spears, Shields, Gauntlets, Helms, Light Armor, and Heavy Armor.

Exclusive Weapons

Name Level Stats (JP Version) Stats (US Version) Effects (JP Version) Effects (US Version)
マサムネブレード
Masamune Blade
53 ATK +38 ATK +37 EX Force Absorption Range +2m.
Battle Start: EX+5%.
Damage +5%.
正宗
Masamune
95 ATK +65 ATK +64 EX Force Absorption Range +3m.
Battle Start: EX+10%.
Damage +10%.
片翼の天使
One-Winged Angel
100 ATK +69 EX Force Absorption Range +5m.
Battle Start: EX+15%.
Damage +15%.
Minor Sneak Attack Effect.


Gallery

Allusions

  • Sephiroth's attack Hell's Gate is an aerial downward stab based on the attack he used to kill Aerith Gainsborough. While executing it, he says, "To the Promised Land," reminiscing his objective in Final Fantasy VII. The quote may also refer to his murder of Aerith using the attack, sending her "to the Promised Land", that is, the Lifestream.
  • The disease Sephiroth mentions in Shade Impulse references the worldwide pandemic he caused in Advent Children, Geostigma, which Cloud was also infected with.
  • In a conversation with Garland, Sephiroth reveals that he killed himself in the previous war against Cosmos in order to ascertain the true nature of life and free his spirit from flesh to become more powerful. This is a reference to the Nibelheim Incident, where Sephiroth was "killed" and traveled the Lifestream, emerging years later as a more powerful being.
  • Sephiroth speaks a variation of five lines from his appearance in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. The first is one of his victory quotes outside of Story Mode, "I will never be a memory," the same quote he used after the last battle in Advent Children, which ironically, his line after losing to Cloud in the said movie. The second is his line before facing Cloud in Shade Impulse, "On your knees! I want you to beg for forgiveness!" right as he is about to slice off the top floors of the Shinra Building. The third line is, "Where did you find this strength?", which is one of the lines he says when defeated and also ironic, considering that while he says the very same words to mock Cloud in Advent Children, he says it in a weaker tone in this instance. The fourth line is, "Good to see you, Cloud," which he said when he appeared before Cloud before their fight. The last line is, "If it's despair you want, then I shall provide." (lit. "I've thought of wonderful present for you. Shall I give you despair?")
  • When confronted by a character other than Cloud in Shade Impulse, Sephiroth greets the player by saying he will become a God and reach the Promised Land, a reference to his objective in Final Fantasy VII. When defeated, he says will go on a journey as "his Mother did", and create a shining future in the Promised Land, paralleling his conversation with Cloud in Advent Children..
  • Sephiroth's version of Super Nova appears to be primarily based on the more famous North American, PAL and International version of the attack, which begins with a formula of equations used to summon a comet that is used to impact into the sun and destroy the solar system. The less famous original Japanese version merely involved a distant explosion with Jupiter and its moons in the foreground.
  • The Black Materia attack is a reference to Sephiroth's grand scheme in Final Fantasy VII. The Materia itself appears in Sephiroth's hand during casting, and the meteor he conjures is identical in appearance to the meteor from Final Fantasy VII.
  • Sephiroth was featured in the first trailer, emerging from the fissure of magma that would later be revealed to be Chaos. Here, he prepares to face off against the Warrior of Light, standing in front of the magma before a close-up of his face is seen, reminiscent of his infamous scene from the Nibelheim Incident. Three notes, reminiscent of the way his name is said during One Winged Angel, can also be heard.
  • When facing himself in a battle, Sephiroth says, "There's only room for one," referencing back to the presence of Sephiroth Clones in the original game.
  • Several of Sephiroth's victory and defeat quotes reference lines that he uses in Final Fantasy VII.“Stop pretending you're sad,” references his line to Cloud after murdering Aerith. "Open a new door" and "You will live again as part of me" reference his lines to Tseng and Elena in the Temple of the Ancients. "So how does it feel?" and "What should I be sad about?" are both lines to Cloud during the initial Nibelheim flashback sequence.
  • In the cutscene of Cloud's battle with Sephiroth in Destiny Odyssey VII, several scenes allude to other titles in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. The scene where Cloud crosses the Buster Sword over the Masamune is identical to part of Sephiroth's battle with Zack in Crisis Core. After being knocked back, Sephiroth rights himself and knocks Cloud through the air, a reference to their battle in Advent Children. Finally, as the two face off at the end of the scene, the camera angles and poses are identical to their scripted battle at the end of Final Fantasy VII.
  • One of Sephiroth's weapons, Masamune Blade, is the item that can acquired from the Golden Saucer on Final Fantasy VII but has no use whatsoever.
  • Several references to Sephiorth's appearances in the Kingdom Hearts series are present: the attack "Oblivion" is based on an attack Sephiroth uses in the Kingdom Hearts series. During EX Mode, Sephiroth takes on a glowing purple aura as in the final stages of the battles with him in both Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. Finally, Sephiroth's fight entrance of descending to the ground with black feathers falling around him is similar to his entrance during his fight with Cloud in Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix.
  • Sephiroth's quote upon entering EX Mode, "It's time," is taken from his quote, "The time has come," when he says the same line through Jenova on the ship between Junon and Costa de Sol. The same quote was used in Kingdom Hearts II when Sephiroth used his Meteor attack. Sephiroth's battle cry "Dodge this" was also used in Kingdom Hearts.
  • Sephiroth's strongest weapon in the game is named after his iconic boss music, One Winged Angel. Interesting to note, Kefka Palazzo also shares this allusion with his strongest weapon, Dancing Mad.
  • Inside Sephiroth's coat there is a white sash with purple trim, the design of this sash is similiar to the design of Sephiroth's wings as Safer Sephiroth.
  • When challenged by Cloud, Sephiroth's entry quote is, "You ignorant traitor." Sephiroth says this line to Zack Fair when the latter challenges him in the Mt. Nibel Reactor, during the Nibelheim incident. He also says it to Zack and Cloud (though it was Cloud's flashback) when he is in the Shinra Mansion in Nibelheim, just before he commits the mass murders.
  • During Shade Impulse, Sephiroth vanishes in a flash of golden light rather than dark light as most of the Warrior of Chaos, similar to how he vanishes at the end of the Final Fantasy VII.
  • Sephiroth's HP Attack Heaven's Light resembles how Sephiroth cut a part of a building in Advent Children.
  • When unlocking Sephiroth from the PP Catalog, he will say the line, "Everything returns to the planet.", referencing the fact that when everything dies on the Planet from Final Fantasy VII, they return to the Lifestream.
  • The name of the Trade Accessory needed for Sephiroth's "One-Winged Angel" is given the following description: "You chose to believe, even if it wasn't true... That's all." This may refer to Sephiroth's dialogue to Cloud when he exposes his memories as well, "What I have shown you is reality. What you remember, that is the illusion."

Trivia

  • Interestingly, Sephiroth is the only Warrior of Chaos who summons his weapon, and does so in a flash of light like the Warriors of Cosmos. The other Warriors of Chaos are never shown summoning their weapons, and typically just carry them around with them.
  • Excluding Bartz's mimicry of other characters' weapons and Jecht holding his weapon in his left hand when not in combat, Sephiroth is the only character to wield a weapon in his left hand. Everyone else is either right-handed or ambidextrous.
  • On another interesting note, Sephiroth is the only villain whose camera movement during his winning move involves circling around him continuously, similar to most of the heroes.
  • Like Shantotto, Sephiroth has the tendency to look down upon the other warriors, as evidenced by his pre-battle greetings. The only warrior he does not berate is Terra, saying "Do not fear the power to destroy".
  • Of all of the villains, Sephiroth's alternate costume is the only one that does not simply change his color schemes.
  • Like Cloud, Sephiroth's ultimate Weapon in Dissidia shares it's name with a Keyblade. In this case the keyblade Sora gets after the Coliseum Battle versus Sephiroth in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix.

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

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