How to get Tonberry King’s Crown in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

You have to get the Crown of King Tonberry for Johnny as part of the side quest ‘The Saga of the Seaside Inn’ in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.

However, you can’t do this until Chapter 9, although the quest picks up in Chapter 7. To help you with this last part of Johnny’s quest when you reach Chapter 9, we’ve detailed the location of King Tonberry in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth and how to get King Tonberry’s pristine crown below. We also explain how to beat King Tonberry in the last section.

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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Tonberry King Location

Tonberry King is located in the southern area of ​​Corel, which is only accessible from Chapter 9 onwards. However, you must visit and complete four Lifespring locations in this southern part of Corel before you can summon King Tonberry. King Tonberry will be marked on your map as ‘Classified Intelligence: Heavy is the Crown’. If this doesn’t mark his location, try also visiting the two Lifespring locations in northern Corel.

Specifically, Tonberry King is near the east coast of the southern section of Corel, north of Mogstool and directly south of Johnny, who gives you the subquest to obtain a Tonberry Crown.

Location map of King Tonberry's location in the Corel region of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
Image credit: Eurogamer/Square Enix.

To find Lifesprings quickly, we recommend activating the southern Corel Remnawave Towers, as these reveal more World Intel locations when you activate their red switches. You will need to use the grappling hook to access some of these Corel towers.

How to get King Tonberry’s crown in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

Like Quetzalcoatl in the grasslands, the Tonberry King’s Crown can only be obtained after unlocking its location on your map by visiting Lifesprings and then summoning the King into battle. However, this time there are some extra steps involved in Steal Materia if you want the Pristine Tonberry King Crown.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to get the Tonberry King’s Crown in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth:

  1. Reach southern Corel in Chapter 9.
  2. Find and scan four southern Corel Lifesprings (if this doesn’t work, scan the other two in northern Corel).
  3. Go to the ‘Intel Ranked: Heavy Lies the Crown’ location.
  4. Equip Steal Materia on a party member (Yuffie has it by default).
  5. Summon King Tonberry and pressure him to drop his Pristine Crown.
  6. Use the steal ability on Pristine Crown to pick it up.
  7. Defeat King Tonberry to successfully claim the Crown.

Cloud stealing the Pristine Crown during the fight with Tonberry in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
Select Steal and then aim for the Pristine Crown. | Image credit: Eurogamer/Square Enix.

If you kill King Tonberry without stealing the Pristine Crown, you will get the Spoiled Crown. It doesn’t make a big difference which crown you give him, but that Pristine Crown looks pretty on Johnny’s desk, and he’s very happy to receive it.

Tonberry enemies are notoriously deadly in Final Fantasy games, so we have tips on how to beat King Tonberry below:

How to beat Tonberry King in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

The Tonberry King has 14,220 HP on normal difficulty and has no elemental weaknesses. Instead, you must deal enough damage after his attacks fail to pressure him. Save your ATB charges for right after the moment you attack (or during a projectile attack) to take full advantage of this weakness. Once pressed, King Tonberry’s Pristine Crown will drop, allowing you to use the Steal ability if you have the Steal Materia equipped.

The evaluation screen showing Tomberry Kings' statistics in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
Image credit: Eurogamer/Square Enix.

Getting ready for the fight

We recommend adding at least one ranged character to your party before taking on King Tonberry, as you’ll want to be as far away from him as possible to avoid his instant-death move Chef’s Knife. We use Barret, as his Overload and Ultimate Fury moves are enough to Pressure the Tonberry King if used right after the Tonberry King misses an attack.

You can also link Auto-Cast Materia with healing spells and equip Auto-Unique Ability Materia to everyone you can. The Automatic Unique Ability Materia allows a character to use her special abilities without you having to manually command them to do so. This means that the other members of your party can get lucky and pressure King Tonberry without you having to time it perfectly.

You’ll also want to equip Steal Materia if you plan on catching the King’s Pristine Crown when it drops (Yuffie has this Materia by default).

Tonberry King Boss Strategy

First things first: stay away from King Tonberry’s front. The fast and devastating attack of the King’s Chef’s Knife kills you instantly if you get too close. If you are good at dodging, you can attack from the front, but this is very risky.

We generally recommend controlling Barret for most of the fight, as you can keep your distance while he unleashes strong attacks. You can then switch to characters with powerful attacks like Cloud, Tifa, or Red XIII when King Tonberry is staggered to deplete his health quickly. It is also recommended to use synergy skills that split the ATB bar, increase cap levels, or extend pressure and stagger.

However, it’s not a guaranteed victory to attack from long range, as Tonberry King’s Rancor and Doom and Gloom moves send projectiles at the party member you’re controlling. Make sure to dodge them to the left or right, or you’ll be stunned in place with Rancor, or die instantly after Doom and Gloom hits.

Barret using Overcharge on Tonberry King in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
We used Barret’s overload while Tonberry’s projectiles aimed at other characters to easily pressure him. | Image credit: Eurogamer/Square Enix.

Being stunned is also a dangerous position, as Tonberry can kill you instantly if it gets too close, or Doom and Gloom hits from afar. However, you can move King Tonberry away from a stunned character by dealing enough damage before he reaches it.

Another annoying move is the Call for Friends attack that summons normal-sized Tonberry enemies. These Tonberries can also kill you instantly with the chef’s knife, so make sure you don’t get too close!

King Tonberry’s last notable attack is Hopping Mad, which rains down debris from above. This is a good opportunity to hit the Tonberry King with powerful Pressure abilities, after avoiding the debris.

Lastly, take your time! Fighting the Tonberry King can be annoying if you can’t time the powerful abilities to Press him, but you’ll eventually beat him, even without Pressing him, as long as you can avoid his Chef’s Knife and his Doom and Gloom projectiles.

Good luck facing King Tonberry!

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