During Chapters 3, 8, 9, and 14 of the Final Fantasy VII remake, when you’re given a bit of a free hand to explore Midgar, you can pick up a few extra freelance jobs. There are a total of 26 side quests in FF7R, many of which are worth valuable upgrades, including Manuscripts when you play on Hard Mode.

While not all side quests are created equal, the following is a list of each one by chapter, including how to unlock them if necessary, who to talk to to start them, and what you get for your trouble.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Side Quest Rewards Master Guide, Part 2

When you complete all 26 side quests in FF7, you receive the Best in the Business Trophy. This cannot be completed on an initial run through the game, owing to a certain story branch in Chapter 9. You’ll have to wait until after the story campaign when you’ve unlocked the Chapter Select feature.

All side quests are also exclusive to the chapter in which they're found. If you miss one, the only way back is to start the game over or hit the quest up later via, again, Chapter Select.

Please note that when rewards are listed in the following table, it also includes items that you happen to receive from mandatory fights over the course of the quest. There are a lot of side quests on Hard Mode that offer new rewards, typically Manuscripts, that drop from monsters that you can only find via those quests.

Many side quests also reward you with a free one-time restoration of all your HP and MP. This isn't a big deal on your first run through the game, but on Hard Mode, these are actually a big deal. It's worth not turning in a side quest with a restoration reward until you could actually use the boost.

Chapter 8: Budding Bodyguard

As you make progress through Chapter 8, Oates will eventually tell you that he’s got some odd jobs from local townsfolk that he wants help with. You can take all the side quests in the chapter on from this point.

Quest

Starting Point

Reward

Kids on Patrol

Ms. Folia, Leaf House (after you complete the main story objective “Escort the Children”)

  • Cloud’s Nail Bat 

  • Hard Mode: Telluric Scriptures Vol. VI

The Mysterious Moogle Merchant

Moggie, the kids’ hideout (after completing “Kids on Patrol”)

  • Access to the Moogle Emporium

  • HP/MP restored

Weapons on a Rampage

Scared Man, Station Way

  • Protective Boots

  • Hard Mode: Telluric Scriptures Vol. V

Paying Respects

Old Man, Central District (after completing “Weapons on a Rampage”)

  • Studded Bracer

  • Hard Mode: Telluric Scriptures Vol. VIII

  • HP/MP restored

A Verified Hero

Sarah, Central District (after completing “Kids on Patrol”)

  • Moogle Medal x1 every time, just for participating in Whack-A-Box

  • 10,000 points at Whack-A-Box: Elixir

  • 20,000 points: Crescent Moon Charm

  • 30,000 points: Spectral Cogwheel accessory, Crate Annihilator Trophy

The Angel of the Slums

Oates, the kids’ hideout (after completing “Kids on Patrol”)

  • 2,000 gil

  • HP/MP restored

  • Hard Mode: Telluric Scriptures Vol. VII

  • Note: unlocks “Corneo’s Secret Stash” in Chapter 14

Once you’re done with the side quests, whether you’ve completed them all or you just want to get on with business, return to Aerith’s house.

The number of side quests you did during Chapter 8 determines which dress Aerith wears at the end of Chapter 9. If you skip them entirely, she wears a simple pink sundress; if you do three out of 6, she upgrades to a pink gown; and if you do all six, she springs for a red evening gown.

As with Tifa, to get the Dressed to the Nines Trophy, you must replay Chapter 8 at least three times in order to get all of Aerith’s dresses. Be sure to complete the chapter after you’ve done the specified number of side quests, in order to lock your choice in. 

On your first run, you’ll definitely want to do at least three to five of the quests, particularly “The Angel of the Slums,” in order to unlock a lucrative side quest much later in the game.

You can find information on many other challenges in FF7 at our game hub, which also contains guides on how to:

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