Past games in the franchise might have called it Blue Magic, but in the Final Fantasy VII remake, they're Enemy Skills. When you have a certain Materia equipped, you can learn how to wield several monsters' special abilities.
If you can find and steal all four available Enemy Skills, you'll unlock the Master of Mimicry Trophy, but that's a tougher job than you might think. Here are the details:
Complete the Master of Mimicry Trophy in Final Fantasy VII Remake
The first step is to acquire the Enemy Skill Materia. Thankfully, that's not a big deal. You can buy it from Chadley in Chapters 3, 8, 9, and 14 once you've completed Battle Report Intel #16. This is even one of the easier pieces of Intel, since it only requires you to use Assess on 30 different enemies.
Once you've got it, keep Enemy Skill equipped on a character, then get that character hit with a learnable attack to take it for yourself. You do still need to have Enemy Skill equipped in order to use your new moves, however.
A big benefit here is that Enemy Skills are cast from ATB rather than MP, which is a useful edge in Hard Mode.
Effect: The caster's standard attacks deal ice damage.
Cost: 1 ATB
Source: Cerulean Drake, Icy Aura
You can find a Cerulean Drake as early as Chapter 3, during the "Just Flew In From the Graveyard" side quest. They also appear in the Train Graveyard in Chapter 11, and are one of the monsters that participate in the "Two-Person Team vs. Team Payback" fight in Don Corneo's Colosseum.
Effect: Inflicts poison, silence, and sleep.
Cost: 2 ATB
Source: Malboro, Bad Breath
Of course you can learn Bad Breath. It's a Final Fantasy tradition.
Unfortunately for the sake of this Trophy, there's only one Malboro in the entirety of the FF7 remake. It's the last fight in the "Three-Person Team vs. Monsters of Legend" fight in the Shinra Battle Simulator, which is only available on Hard Mode.
If you're specifically fighting the Malboro just to get Bad Breath, make sure your character with Enemy Skill is also equipped with a Star Pendant and/or a Headband, to protect against the fusillade of status effects that Bad Breath will leave them with.
Effect: The caster explodes, dealing major area-of-effect damage and instantly KOing themselves.
Cost: 2 ATB
Source: Smogger, Self-Destruct
These are common random encounters in the Sector 5 Slums scrapyard, and will usually cast Self-Destruct when they're defeated. Just take that on the chin and you're good. You can also fight Smoggers in the Shinra Combat Simulator by taking on the "Three-Person Team vs. Team Ragbag" challenge.
Notably, you can also learn Self-Destruct if you're hit with a skill called Apoptosis, which is used by Varghidpolises, Proto Trypapolises (which are summoned during fights by Trypapolises), and Bombs.
Varghidpolises appear in Chapter 14 in the Sector 6 Slums as a random encounter.
Trypapolises can be found in the Sector 6 Slums during "Chocobo Search" in Chapter 14, or in the "Three-Person Team vs. Team Ragbag" fight in the Shinra Combat Simulator.
Bombs can first be found and fought in Chapter 9, if you get "A Dynamite Body" as one of your side quests, and are one of the enemies in the "Two-Person Team vs. Team Payback" challenge at the Colosseum.
There are also two Bombs in the same Hard Mode challenge gauntlet as the Malboro, but at that point, you're better off Chapter Selecting back to the Colosseum than trying to eat a Hard Mode, endgame-level Self-Destruct.
Effect: Drain some HP from all enemies near the caster.
Cost: 2 ATB
Source: Phantom, Essence Drain
You can first fight a Phantom late in the game, during the "Missing Children" side quest in Chapter 14. If you miss it there, Phantoms are available via the "Vs. SOLDIER Trainees" solo challenges in the Shinra Battle Simulator.
We've gone a little crazy over the FF7 remake lately. You might have noticed. We have a ton of guides for matters great and small on our game hub, such as:
- If you're going after the Malboro, you'll want some tips about what to expect from Hard Mode
- There are five other hidden Trophies in FF7R, with secret requirements
- How to obtain the most powerful accessory in FF7R
The Master of Mimicry is unavoidably going to be one of the last ones you unlock in the Final Fantasy VII remake, and it's mostly down to the Malboro. Please feel free to share your complaints about how it's poisoned your entire party again via our official Twitter, @PrimaGames.