Final Fantasy VII Remake Manuscripts: Where to find all Manuscript Volume skill books for upgrades

Manuscripts are some of the most important items in Final Fantasy VII Remake, especially if you're playing on hard mode. Each Manuscript is a key item for upgrading each of the cast's six different weapons - granting extra Skill Points (SP) in order to help you buff weapons to their maximum potential.

Your pool of SP will naturally increase as your characters level up, meaning you'll have a constant flow to spend on upgrades for each character's weapons to raise their raw stats, unlock buffs, and even increase the number of materia slots. SP is doled out evenly, too, which means you don't have to make hard choices and only upgrade one best weapon for each character - you can upgrade everything. However, once you hit FF7 Remake's level cap, you'll notice you don't have enough SP to max out any given weapon. This is where finding Manuscripts comes in.

On this page, we explain how the Manuscripts work, have a full list of all manuscripts in the game, and of course also explain how to get them. So - let's get to it...

Final Fantasy VII Remake Manuscripts: Unlock Locations for every Skill Book

Tifa's Manuscripts, which like the other characters unlock extra weapon upgrade resources.

As mentioned above, leveling up naturally increases your SP pool for weapon upgrades, but to max out every weapon you'll need Manuscript items. These key items each give you 10 SP to every weapon of the character they relate to, and by getting all of them for every character you'll be able to max out the potential of every Sword, Gun, Glove, and Staff in the game. 

In addition to this, each character also has one 'Legacy' Manuscript - which is special, as it unlocks their Level 2 Limit Breaks, as detailed in our FF7 Remake Limit Breaks guide

Every manuscript in FF7 Remake is acquired in three ways: For sale in the Moogle Emporium for Moogle Medals, via side quest Completion, and for defeating bosses in Hard Mode. In fact, in Hard Mode (which is FF7R's equivalent of New Game Plus), manuscripts will likely be your main progression, as you'll likely hit the level cap, or get very close to it, on normal mode.

We've divided the rest of this guide up into sections based on each character's manuscript items:

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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.

In order to spend on the Weapon Upgrade screen, you'll need to get every Manuscript.

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
  • Legacy: Ascension: Complete the Corneo Colosseum Battle Challenge 'Cloud vs. Wild Animals', which unlocks after Chapter 9.

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
  • Legacy: Catastrophe: Complete the Corneo Colosseum Battle 'Barret vs. Wild Animals', which is available to Barret in Chapter 14. 
The Manuscripts don't need to be used in the menu - once acquired, you automatically get the SP upgrade.

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
  • Legacy: Dolphin Flurry: Win the Corneo Colosseum battle 'Tifa vs. Wild Animals', which you can tackle in Chapter 14.
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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
  • Ascension: Planet's Protection: In the Corneo Colosseum, win the 'Aerith vs. Wild Animals' battle. You can do this late in Chapter 9, before getting your dresses and going to Corneo's mansion.

Yuffie Kisaragi & Sonon Kusakabe manuscript locations:

The following are only available for Yuffie's INTERmission DLC episode available for Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

  • Secrets of the Ninja/Staff Vol. I: Defeat Kyrie in Fort Condor in Hard Mode
  • Secrets of the Ninja/Staff Vol. II:  Defeat Shinra Middle Manager in Fort Condor in Hard Mode
  • Secrets of the Ninja/Staff Vol. III: Defeat Johnny in Fort Condor in Hard Mode
  • Secrets of the Ninja/Staff Vol. IV: Defeat Jessie in Fort Condor in Hard Mode
  • Secrets of the Ninja/Staff Vol. V: Defeat Roche in Fort Condor in Hard Mode
  • Secrets of the Ninja/Staff Vol. VI: Defeat Wedge in Fort Condor in Hard Mode
  • Secrets of the Ninja/Staff Vol. VII: Defeat Chadley in Fort Condor in Hard Mode
  • Secrets of the Ninja/Staff Vol. VIII: Defeat the Horned Cripshay in Hard Mode.
  • Secrets of the Ninja/Staff Vol. IX: Defeat Levrikon in Hard Mode.
  • Secrets of the Ninja/Staff Vol. X: Defeat Gigantipede in Hard Mode.
  • Secrets of the Ninja/Staff Vol. XI: Defeat Deathwheel in Hard Mode.
  • Secrets of the Ninja/Staff Vol. XII: Defeat The Crimson Mare in Hard Mode.
  • Secrets of the Ninja/Staff Vol. XIII: Defeat the Diabolic Creation in Hard mode
  • Secrets of the Ninja/Staff Vol. XIV: Defeat the DLC's Final Boss in Hard mode

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.

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