LL = Lowest Level (level 37 max for Cloud)
SC = Solo Character (Cloud only, except 5 battles)
NM = No Materia
IE = Initial Equipment
NRA = No Ribbon Accessory
Look at playlist's description for more details :
1) FF7 - One-Winged Angel (18% faster)
2) S.H.K. - Red Sign
3) Basshunter - Loituma's Polka remix
4) DatA - Blood Theme
5) Killer Cuts - The Extreme
This battle wouldn't be so epic if I hadn't done 2 mistakes during the challenge. ^^
Everything looks perfect during the first part. In fact, as in my previous Low Level, only Safer's physical attack can kill me if he gets a critical hit. It's only 12% of successrate though, so it's not a very big problem.
For the beginning, I let Cloud's Limit Break activated, so I can start with some free damages ! ^^ Now, what is Safer's attack pattern ?
2) Shadow Flare
5) Pale Horse
6) Super Nova
7) Break (Heartless Angel if less than 20000 HP)
Then, he'll restart from 3) to 8), then from 1) to 10), then from 3) to 8), etc. Only exception : if Safer gets Slow (by a Spider Web for example), at the latest after Descent (I guess). He'll always do his next attack pattern from 1) to 10), with DeSpell to himself instead of Wall.
So let's go about the battle. I firstly have to prepare Cloud. After a free Meteorain, I immediately use a Vaccine, cos Safer sends some bad status with Wing, Pale Horse and Super Nova. Shadow Flare is a good ally, cos it's reflected to Safer with my Reflect Ring, and even if he has Wall, it removes some damages. I take advantage of this attack to defend Cloud, to survive to Wing. With the Vaccine, I can immediately use a X-Potion. Safer's 4 next attacks can kill me, so I use my 4 Hero Drinks to increase Cloud's stats. After a cure, it's already time to use my 2nd Vaccine, as Safer arrives with DeSpell.
Then, the 2 next attacks are Deen and Wing. Cloud must be always defending for Wing, so I have to survive to both attacks, that's not possible without Hero Drinks. In fact, only 3 Hero Drinks were needed, but with a 4th one, Meteorain gives luckily more damages, and you'll see the result the next time I'll use it ! ^^ So Cloud is defending after Deen, then he uses a X-Potion after Wing.
It's only at this time I can start to attack ! S-Mines only, Meteorain when I can (look at the damages, thanks to Hero Drinks ! ^^)... and one Dragon Fang at 1:58. :-D About X-Potions, I have to cure Cloud just before each Shadow Flare, after each Wing and before each DeSpell to Cloud.
As you can see, everything looks perfect, but a first problem arrives at 3:11, I'm using my last Vaccine ! In fact, I can have 5 Vaccines for this battle. But I used one of them against Carry Armor, and the second one... could be given by Yuffie in the Northern Cave. But I couldn't recruit her, cos of an awful mistake !
When you capture Yuffie, she gives some XP, and XP depend of Cloud's level. I kept in my mind it'll be 160 XP cos of my previous Low Level, but here, Cloud is level 37, and Yuffie gives... 640 XP at this level ! So if I wanted to stay to level 37, I had to recruit Yuffie before Cloud reaches level 26, that's mean before Carry Armor. That's a pity cos Yuffie would have given 240 XP, so that I'd have finished the game... with 1 XP left before level 38 ! :-(
That's a mistake, but avoid DeSpell is still possible thanks to Spider Web. As I said, if Safer is affected by Slow, he'll always use DeSpell to himself. That's what I do at 4:31. I avoid DeSpell thanks to that, but as Safer doesn't put Wall to him (cos he used DeSpell instead), Shadow Flare is full damage on Safer !
Unfortunately... I have only one Spider Web left. Another big mistake when I did my preparations at Midgar ; I could take less Deadly Wastes and more Spider Web. So, as I'm not removing Safer's HP enough quickly, at 6:10 : DeSpell to Cloud and I can't do anything !
With Wing (Paralysis and Blindness), Pale Horse (Frog and mini) and Super Nova (31% to inflict Slow, Confusion and Silence), what I can do to survive and kill Safer ? Ha ha, look at the vid to know the end, I'll explain the rest with annotations. ;-)
That concludes another Low Level. Maybe easier, but I had more experience too. I was also able to finish it without Omnislash and above all without any Source, and it wasn't an obvious fact, especially against Carry Armor !