After completing the Hades Cup, there are still two unmarked events available when you talk to Phil in the Lobby. Select the first one available to take a stab at a very difficult opponent. Before you accept the challenge you’d best go in prepared. Fill all the slots in Sora’s Item Menu with nothing but Elixirs. Be sure to have the Dodge Roll, Superglide, Guard, and Ragnarok abilities equipped to Sora. It might be best if you remove Sonic Blade, Ars Arcanum, Strike Raid, and Trinity Limit, as you really won’t get a chance to use them in this fight. Fill your Magic Shortcut Menu with Curaga and Firaga. The third slot can be anything except Aeroga. You’ll be taking on this match solo.

Gold Match: Ice Titan

HP: 1500 / EXP: 5000

The Rock Titan may have been a pushover but you’ll have no such luck with the Ice Titan. Its attacks are relentless and powerful, but they are also the key to taking it down.

As stated before you should NEVER CAST AEROGA MAGIC DURING THIS FIGHT!! It may give you some extra protection against the Ice Titan’s attacks, but it will also make this battle significantly harder! The ice shards that the Ice Titan launches (which are the key to easily taking it down) will become twice as big, deal twice as much damage, and become impossible to deflect.

Your target for this fight is the Ice Titan’s head, which will be, for the most part, out of reach. The primary method of damaging it will be to deflect the small ice shards that it launches using the Guard ability, which will redirect all of the ice shards back at the Ice Titan. Repeat this step while avoid all of its other attacks (which aren’t much at this point in the battle) until the Ice Titan takes a knee to recover. At this point, you should unleash a few combos and possibly even the powerful Ragnarok Ability on its head before it has a chance to get back on its feet.

When it stands back up, the Ice Titan is no longer playing around. Any attacks it was using before will come almost twice as frequently, and to make matters worse, it will be constantly launching the small ice shards at you, even while it’s using other attacks. This will make it rather difficult to find a sufficient opening to reflect a good number of ice shards back at the Ice Titan before you’ll have to get moving again.

Be on the lookout for when the Ice Titan is about to use its worst attack. It’ll clench its fists like it’s charging up for something and then unleash a blizzard on one side of the arena that will freeze you instantly if you are caught in it, dealing massive damage. If you see this attack coming, get to the other side of the arena fast by using the Superglide ability. It’s a good idea to stay in the bleachers at this point, seeing as the Ice Titan will create ridiculous shockwaves with every step as it tries to turn around to face you.

If the ice shards become too difficult to deflect in the midst of all the Ice Titan’s other assaults, you can always lock on to its head and lob a few Firaga spells at it from a distance instead of always waiting for it to launch the ice shards.

Victory Reward: Diamond Dust Keyblade for Sora

The last option on Phil’s list of tournaments is without a doubt the hardest battle you will ever have to face in this game! We had said that the second battle against Riku during your first visit to Hollow Bastion was the hardest, but that was only because this match wasn’t available at that point! You’re going to need a lot of prep for this battle, and we’d even recommend doing some major leveling up before taking it on. 

Fill every single slot in Sora’s Item Menu with Elixirs. Your Magic Shortcut Menu should include Curaga and Aeroga. The third slot is irrelevant, as all forms of offensive magic will be completely ineffective. You should have the Dodge Roll, Guard, Counterattack, Superglide, Ars Arcanum, Strike Raid, and Second Chance abilities equipped to Sora (that last one is an absolute essential). Equip Sora with Accessories that drastically boost his stats, such as the Crystal Crown. You may want to even wait to tackle this fight until after you’ve successfully synthesized the Ultima Weapon. Like the Gold Match, this match is only for Sora.

Platinum Match: Sephiroth

HP: 1800 / EXP: 18,000

Sephiroth will not give you an inch! He is insanely fast, insanely powerful, and insanely difficult to hit! Even his most basic attacks can leave your HP in the red in a matter of seconds!

As soon as the battle begins, jump away from Sephiroth and cast Aeroga. Make sure that this barrier never goes away by recasting it when it wears off. This will give you a buffer to lessen the damage dealt by Sephiroth’s attacks. It’s not much of a buffer, but every bit helps. Sephiroth will do a lot of quick dodging maneuvers when you try to hit him. The best way to guarantee a few hits is to attack him with aerial combos, or by using the Vortex Ability to close the gap between you and him while on the ground.

If at any point, Sephiroth raises his arm, this means that he’s summoning a large pillar of fire that will suck you in and toast you alive. However, this is also the moment in which he is also most vulnerable. If you attack him with an Ars Arcanum assault, you’ll remain invulnerable and avoid taking damage while pounding some real damage into him. Despite what is probably your gut instinct, do not use the Elixirs to replenish any lost MP. These are needed for a much more important aspect of this fight.

About halfway through the fight, Sephiroth starts using one of his most devastating attacks. He’ll back off for a bit, usually teleporting to the other end of the arena, and begin the attack. You need to get to him as fast as you can and hit him with a few blows before he has a chance to completely say “Sin Harvest”. If you don’t make it in time, this attack will reduce your MP to zero and your HP to one! You’ll need to act fast and use one of your Elixirs to heal yourself before Sephiroth closes in to finish you off! This is where the Strike Raid ability comes in handy. You can hurl your Keyblade at him from a distance to interrupt the attack and save yourself from near-defeat!

Eventually, Sephiroth will start to attack more often, providing even fewer opportunities to land any hits. He may back off only to come charging at you with a series of aerial spiral attacks. You should use the Dodge Roll ability to get away from him during these assaults, as it is difficult to land a hit without getting hit yourself. You can use Ars Arcanum as your primary offensive during the more ridiculous portions of Sephiroth’s advances to provide total invulnerability.

Toward his last few bars of health, Sephiroth is really getting serious now. He’ll start to summon dark orbs that will swarm you and take out massive portions of your HP really quickly. He’ll also move at about twice the speed he was previously, so you’ll have to react twice as fast to everything he throws at you. His ultimate attack starts when he teleports rapidly. He is completely invulnerable during this attack, so it’s best to just Superglide around the arena to avoid it as best you can. Sephiroth will rain meteors down from the sky, which are pretty near-impossible to avoid. Do your best and be ready with a Curaga to heal yourself if you are left with low HP after the assault. At this point in the match, you will probably have to almost entirely rely on Ars Arcanum to take out the rest of his HP, as he will be moving too fast and attacking too often for you to take him on with standard combos for more than a few hits.

Victory Reward: One-Winged Angel Keyblade for Sora, Ansem’s Report 12