How to Pressure an enemy in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

You have to pressure enemies in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth if you want to help with boss fights and complete Fiend Intel objectives.

However, not all enemies are pressured the same, so we explain how to pressure an enemy in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth below, no matter what situation you find yourself in. Just be prepared to use the Assessment Material a lot.

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How to pressure an enemy in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

You have to deal enough damage using attacks that an enemy is weak to in order to pressure an enemy in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. To see what each enemy is weak at, equip a character with Assess Materia and then use an ATB charge to activate it once. Next, check your weakness in the top right corner and its description in yellow text on the left side. After appraising an enemy once, press the PS5 controller’s touchpad to reopen that enemy’s appraise menu at any time without wasting an ATB charge.

As a general rule, the more powerful a skill or spell is, the faster an enemy will be Pressured. So, Blizzara is better than using Blizzard if the enemy is weak to ice. Using multiple skills and spells that the enemy is weak to in quick succession is also a good way to quickly pressure an enemy.

You’ll know an enemy has been pressured when the word “Pressed” appears below their health bar.

A white circle that highlights a pressed enemy in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
Image credit: Eurogamer/Square Enix.

Now, the tricky part about pressuring certain enemies is that they have difficult pressure methods. For the most part, you can check what type of magic an enemy is weak to and then use strong spells of that type multiple times to pressure an enemy.

For example, Quetzalcoatl is weak to ice, so you should use Blizzard spells, Shiva’s summoning, or abilities like Snow Flurry that deal ice damage. The stronger the spell, the less time it will take to Press Quetzalcoatl. Then, when Quetzalcoatl is pressed, you can continue using ice moves to build the Stagger bar quickly, or switch to characters like Tifa, who can build the Stagger bar quickly with her powerful moveset. When the bar is full, Quetzalcoatl will be tiered. This is your chance to use your most powerful moves like Limits and Synergy Skills (or more ice attacks) to take away a large chunk of Quetzalcoatl’s HP.

White arrows pointing to Quetzalcoatl's ice weakness and its description in the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Assessment menu.
Pay attention to these two sections of the Assess menu to see how to Pressure each enemy. You can also press L1 here to see what each symbol means. | Image credit: Eurogamer/Square Enix.

However, a more difficult enemy like the Tonberry King requires a little more thought and timing since it doesn’t have an elemental weakness. He can only be pressured by using powerful attacks when his own attacks don’t hit your party. For other enemies, you must dodge or parry their attacks, or use synergy skills to pressure them. The Thunderclaw even requires you to use status effects like poison to pressure it.

If you cannot see a weakness on the right side of the Evaluate menu, it will be explained in yellow writing on the left side.

Good luck pressuring the enemies!

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