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Check this Final Fantasy 7 Remake (FF7 Remake, FF7R) boss guide on how to beat Roche (bike race). Including weakness, bike / motorcycle chase, how to defeat on hard mode, and more!

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Roche - Weakness & Resistance

Roche - Boss Info & Stats

Roche - Boss Info & Stats
HP EXP AP Gil
8160 300 10 255
Drop Rare Drop Steal
Elixir TBD Elixir

Weaknesses & Resistances

Weakness Fire
Other Resistances None
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How To Beat Roche - Boss Fight Tips & Tricks

Roche - Boss Fight Tips & Tricks Chart

Roche Boss Fight Tips & Tricks
↓ 1.Use Fire & Healing materia
↓ 2. Use Triple Slash on smaller enemies
↓ 3. Counter using Punisher mode
↓ 4. Use Fire spell after countering

1. Use Fire & Healing Materia

Materia Criteria
Fire Roche's main weak spot
Healing Use to heal Cloud during the solo fight

Roche is weak against the fire element so it's best to bring Fire materia into the fight. You also need to have Healing materia since this is a solo fight using Cloud, you need to be able to heal yourself.

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2. Use Triple Slash On Smaller Enemies

Defeat Smaller Enemies First

Using Cloud's "Triple Slash" move from his Iron Blade abilities, you can easily take down the smaller enemies Roche will summon during the fight.

3. Counter Using Punisher Mode

Counter Using Punisher Mode

Roche will do a stance in a samurai-esque move. Make sure to guard & then counter while in Punisher mode to deal heavy damage. Doing so may pressure or stagger him.

4. Use Fire Spell After Countering

Use Fire Spell After Countering

Roche is weak to the fire element so the best time to use any fire spells is when you've countered him. He may be staggered or pressured, making him more prone to taking damage.

Roche - Moves & Counters

Forward Slashes

Forward Slash

Roche lowers onto a stance and then propels himself forward, dealing damage with his sword while running you through. Guard then counter to stop this combo.

Combustion Sword

Combustion Sword

Jumps up and slashes sword onto the ground several times, creating a small shockwave as he hits the ground. Run away from Roche to avoid damage.

Ignition Flame

Ignition Flame

Roche sends a forward ream of fire forward onto the ground towards you. Move to the side to avoid the flames.

Hard Mode Tips

Recommended Equipment

CloudCloud Weapon: Hardedge
Armor: Force Bracelet
Accessory: Supernatural Wristguards
Limit: Ascension
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Recommended Materia

MateriaRatingReason
HP Up★★★・Recommended to run 2 for this fight.
Healing★★★・Useful to heal yourself up when low
Steadfast Block ★★★・You'll spend a lot of time blocking, so it's good to make that a source of ATB
Elemental ★★★ ・Link with Wind in your armor to gain immunity to Wind moves
Wind ★★★ ・Link with Elemental (see above).
Fire ★★★ ・Roche is weak to Fire moves. Use when staggered
MP Up ★★★ ・Recommended to bolster your MP.
Time★★・・Hasting Cloud increases DPS a lot
ATB Stagger★・・・Helps slightly to deal more damage during Staggers
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Get Wind Immunity For Vacuum Wave

Roche

Roche actually has two Wind abilities in his arsenal: Wind Slash and Vacuum Wave. Nullifying two of his spells is fairly useful, especially since he seems to use Vacuum Wave as a recovery move after being downed in a pressured state. This will let you beat on him for longer. It's possible to link Elemental with Fire in order to gain immunity to Ignition Flame as well. However, note that Combustion sword does not appear to be a fire-type ability!

Counterstance Works Well

Roche

You can either stick with guarding in Punisher Mode OR use the ability Counterstance, which is learned from the Twin Stinger weapon. Timing this right before Roche attacks you will let you counterattack, deal good damage, and raise his stagger bar significantly.

Save Limit For Stagger

Roche

As soon as you stagger Roche, use your limit break (Ascension) and you should be able to take him out immediately. This will probably happen toward the latter half of the fight.

Stagger Resets At 66%

Note that once you bring Roche below a certain HP threshold, an animation will play and his stagger bar will be reset. Therefore it's not that important to try to stagger him in the first half of the fight.

Manuscript Reward

For defeating Roche on hard mode, you'll get the Art of Swordplay Vol. VI, which gives SP to Cloud.

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