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Final Fantasy VII Remake Manuscript List: Where to find all skill books and manuscript volumes for weapon upgrades

One key component of Final Fantasy VII Remake’s progression system is that of Weapon Upgrades. While each character only gets six unique weapons throughout the course of the story, each of these weapons is able to be tweaked and upgraded by spending Skill Points (SP) to buff their raw stats, unlock unique abilities, and even increase the number of slotted materia.

While leveling up normally to the level cap will naturally increase your pool of SP to spend on weapon upgrades, so will finding Manuscript items. The Manuscripts are key items that will increase the raw number of SP each character has to spend on weapon upgrades -- each will confer 10 SP to that character for additional weapon upgrades. Once you hit the level cap, manuscripts are the only way to continue to build your weapons. Each character will have their own collection of volumes to increase their total number of Skill Points, with a total of fourteen Volumes to collect for each character. Each character's manuscripts have a specific name:

  • Cloud: The Art of Swordplay
  • Barret: Sharpshooter’s Companion
  • Tifa: Way of the Fist
  • Aerith: Telluric Scriptures

In addition to this, each character will also be able to obtain one ‘Legacy’ Manuscript, which will unlock their respective Level 2 Limit Breaks. We list the details on these specific items over in our guide to the FF7 Remake Limit Breaks.

For the remaining Manuscripts, they are acquired in three primary ways: Buying from The Moogle Emporium, completing quests, and defeating bosses in Hard Mode. It turns out Hard Mode completion is the primary way of gathering Manuscripts for each character. Once a Level 50 character has all fourteen volumes of their respective Manuscripts, they will be able to max out their weapon upgrades completely.

Spoiler Warning: Since most Manuscripts are obtained by replaying chapters on Hard mode, note that boss names will be listed for later chapters and could potentially contain spoilers for those yet to finish the game a first time.

After more FF7 Remake help? Check out some of our other guides including our full materia list, our guide to enemy skills, plus where and how to get the summon materia and music discs. We've also got a full choices and consequences guide covering all the story branches and a complete walkthrough to seeing all the Wall Market dresses.

Cloud Strife manuscript locations:

Note: Some of Cloud’s Manuscripts, Volumes VIII through X,  require completion of the quests The Price of Thievery’, ‘Shear’s Counterattack’, and ‘A Dynamite Body’ in Chapter 9. You’ll have to do the chapter twice on Hard mode -- once per set of sidequests available in the chapter in order to fight both the Bombs as well as the Grungy Bandit and Jury-Rigged Cutter.

  • The Art of Swordplay Vol. I: Buy from The Moogle Emporium for 5 Moogle Medals
  • The Art of Swordplay Vol. II: Earn from ‘Cloud vs Shinra Thugs’ in the Corneo Colosseum
  • The Art of Swordplay Vol. III: Earn from ‘Corneo’s Secret Stash’ side quest
  • The Art of Swordplay Vol. IV: Defeat The Huntsman in Hard mode
  • The Art of Swordplay Vol. V: Defeat Doomrats during 'Rat Problem' in Hard mode
  • The Art of Swordplay Vol. VI: Defeat Roche in Hard mode
  • The Art of Swordplay Vol. VII: Defeat Reno in Hard mode
  • The Art of Swordplay Vol. VIII: Defeat Grungy Bandit during 'The Price of Thievery' in Hard mode
  • The Art of Swordplay Vol. IX: Defeat Jury-Rigged Cutter during 'Shear's Counterattack' in Hard mode
  • The Art of Swordplay Vol. X: Defeat Bombs during 'A Dynamite Body' in Hard mode
  • The Art of Swordplay Vol. XI: Defeat Hellhound during 'Tomboy Bandit' in Hard mode
  • The Art of Swordplay Vol. XII: Defeat Specimen H0512 in Hard mode
  • The Art of Swordplay Vol. XIII: Earn from ‘Cloud vs. 3-C SOLDIER Candidates’ in the Shinra Combat Simulator
  • The Art of Swordplay Vol. XIV: Defeat Rufus in Hard mode

Barret Wallace manuscript locations:

  • Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. I: Buy from The Moogle Emporium for 5 Moogle Medals
  • Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. II:  Earn from ‘Barret vs. Shinra Thugs’ in the Corneo Colosseum
  • Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. III: Earn from ‘The Power of Music’ side quest
  • Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. IV: Defeat Scorpion Sentinel in Hard mode
  • Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. V: Defeat Crab Warden in Hard mode
  • Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. VI: Defeat Airbuster in Hard mode
  • Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. VII: Defeat Reno & Rude in Hard mode
  • Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. VIII: Defeat Failed Experiment in Hard mode
  • Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. IX: Defeat Tonberry during 'Malicious Goons' in Hard mode
  • Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. X: Defeat Type-0 Behemoth during 'Subterranean Menace' in Hard mode
  • Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. XI: Defeat Rust Drake during 'Chocobo Search' in Hard mode
  • Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. XII: Defeat The Valkyrie in Hard mode
  • Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. XIII: Earn from ‘Barret vs. 3-C SOLDIER Candidates’ in the Shinra Combat Simulator
  • Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. XIV: Defeat Whisper Harbinger in Hard mode

Tifa Lockhart manuscript locations:

  • Way of the Fist Vol. I: Buy from The Moogle Emporium for 5 Moogle Medals
  • Way of the Fist Vol. II:  Earn from ‘Tifa vs. Shinra Thugs’ in the Corneo Colosseum
  • Way of the Fist Vol. III: Earn from ‘Wavering Heart’ side quest
  • Way of the Fist Vol. IV: Defeat Wrath Hound during 'On the Prowl' in Hard mode
  • Way of the Fist Vol. V: Defeat Enigmatic Spectre in Hard mode
  • Way of the Fist Vol. VI: Find in a chest in Chapter 6 Hard Mode near where you originally find Chocobo & Moogle materia
  • Way of the Fist Vol. VII: Defeat Abzu in Hard mode
  • Way of the Fist Vol. VIII: Defeat Eligor in Hard mode
  • Way of the Fist Vol. IX: Defeat Abzu & Abzu Shoats in Hard mode
  • Way of the Fist Vol. X: Defeat Phantoms during 'Missing Children' in Hard mode
  • Way of the Fist Vol. XI: Defeat Trypapolis during 'Chocobo Search' in Hard mode
  • Way of the Fist Vol. XII: Defeat Sahagin Prince during 'Corneo's Secret Stash' in Hard mode
  • Way of the Fist Vol. XIII: Earn from ‘Tifa vs. 3-C SOLDIER Candidates’ in the Shinra Combat Simulator
  • Way of the Fist Vol. XIV: Defeat Jenova Dreamweaver in Hard mode

Aerith Gainsborough manuscript locations:

  • Telluric Scriptures Vol. I: Buy from The Moogle Emporium for 5 Moogle Medals
  • Telluric Scriptures Vol. II:  Earn from ‘Aerith vs. Shinra Thugs’ in the Corneo Colosseum
  • Telluric Scriptures Vol. III: Earn from ‘Secret Medicine’ side quest
  • Telluric Scriptures Vol. IV: Defeat Rude in Hard mode
  • Telluric Scriptures Vol. V: Defeat Mark II Monodrives during 'Weapons on a Rampage' in Hard mode
  • Telluric Scriptures Vol. VI: Defeat Hedgehog Pie King during 'Kids on Patrol' in Hard mode
  • Telluric Scriptures Vol. VII: Defeat Chromogger during 'The Angel of the Slums' in Hard mode
  • Telluric Scriptures Vol. VIII: Defeat 3x Venomantis during 'Paying Respects' in Hard mode
  • Telluric Scriptures Vol. IX: Defeat Hell House in Hard mode
  • Telluric Scriptures Vol. X: Defeat Ghoul in Hard mode
  • Telluric Scriptures Vol. XI: Earn from ‘Aerith vs. 3-C SOLDIER Candidates’ in the Shinra Combat Simulator
  • Telluric Scriptures Vol. XII: Defeat Swordipede in Hard mode
  • Telluric Scriptures Vol. XIII: Defeat the Arsenal in Hard mode
  • Telluric Scriptures Vol. XIV: Defeat the Final Boss in Hard mode
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