Screenshot of the Quetzalcoatl in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
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How to Get Quetzalcoatl Talon in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth (FF7) – Windmill Gear Guide

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If you want to make the Windmill Gear Key Item with the Items Transmuter in FF7 Rebirth, you need to get your hands on a Quetzalcoatl Talon, though the game doesn’t tell you how. Here’s where to find a Quetzalcoatl Talon in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth to complete Where the Wind Blows.

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Quetzalcoatl Talon Location in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth – Map

The Quetzalcoatl Talon is dropped by the Quetzalcoatl in the Grasslands in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. However, this isn’t an enemy you can find anywhere – you must unlock the Classified Intel: Winged Lacertilian of Yore World Intel by visiting Lifesprings in the Grasslands.

Once you’ve unlocked Classified Intel: Winged Lacertilian of Yore, an icon for it will appear on your map east of Expedition Intel 6: Cavern Lifespring, southwest of Kalm. You can see the exact location of Classified Intel: Winged Lacertilian of Yore in my map screenshot below:

Screenshot of the Classified Intel: Winged Lacertilian of Yore map location in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
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How to Unlock Classified Intel: Winged Lacertilian of Yore

To unlock Classified Intel: Winged Lacertilian of Yore in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, you must find and gather data from four Lifesprings in the Grasslands. This can be any of the six Grasslands Lifesprings, unlocked in any order. The Grasslands Lifesprings are:

  1. Expedition Intel 1: Cragshade Lifespring – North of Bill’s Ranch.
  2. Expedition Intel 2: Wetlands Lifespring – South of the Abandoned Dock.
  3. Expedition Intel 3: Morass Lifespring – West of Expedition Intel 2: Wetlands Lifespring.
  4. Expedition Intel 4: Grasswastes Lifespring – South of Kalm.
  5. Expedition Intel 5: Mako Pipeline Lifespring – Southwest of Kalm.
  6. Expedition Intel 6: Cavern Lifespring – West of Expedition Intel 5: Mako Pipeline Lifespring.

The exact locations of all six Grasslands Lifesprings are in my map screenshot below:

Screenshot of the map location of the Lifesprings in the Grasslands in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
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Once you’re in the Quetzalcoatl’s lair, press and hold the Triangle button to lure it out of its hiding place and face it in battle.

How to Beat the Quetzalcoatl and Get the Quetzalcoatl Talon in FF7 Rebirth – Battle Strategy

In Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, Quetzalcoatl is weak to Ice, so ensure you attach a Blizzard Materia to Cloud and his party members before jumping into the fight. Equipping the Shiva Summon Materia would also be a good idea due to Shiva’s Ice powers. Like in any battle, I highly recommend using an Assess Materia to learn the Quetzalcoatl’s weaknesses, resistances, and immunities as soon as the fight with the fiend begins.

Quetzalcoatl will likely begin by using Headlong Charge, a move that sends him hurling in the direction of one of your party members. It’s a tanky move, so it’s easy to dodge by pressing Circle if you’re paying attention. The same goes for Vortex Sweep, except with that, Quetzalcoatl uses its entire body to try and slam you for damage. It’s also got a couple of electric element moves and an unblockable ability called Spark Snare.

Screenshot of Shiva fighting Quetzalcoatl in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
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Counter Quetzalcoatl with plenty of Ice damage until it becomes Staggered, then unleash any Synergy Abilities, Limit Breaks, or Summon Abilities you may have ready. You may have to Stagger it several times before defeating it.

Once you beat Quetzalcoatl, it will drop the Quetzalcoatl Talon. You can also Steal it if you have a Steal Materia equipped, but you’ll be defeating it either way, so it doesn’t matter.

Screenshot of dropping the Quetzalcoatl Talon in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
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Quetzalcoatl has the following abilities and stats:

  • Weaknesses: Ice.
  • Lesser Resistances: Slow, Stop, Poison, Morphable Items.
  • Immunities: Proportional Damage, Stone.
  • Abilities: Electrify, Vortex Sweep, Headlong Charge, Prey, Fulmen, Electrodiffusion, Spark Snare, Thunderbolt.

How to Craft the Windmill Gear for Where the Wind Blows Side Quest

In the Where the Wind Blows side quest, Broden, the Kalm Innkeeper, asks you to help his friend Mildred repair a windmill at the Old Settlement southeast of Kalm. To do this, you must make the Windmill Gear using the Item Transmuter.

After finding the artifacts in the Bygone Settlement, you’ll unlock the Windmill Gear transmuter chip, which allows you to craft it using your Item Transmuter with the following materials:

  • 1 Quetzalcoatl Talon.
  • 2 Iron Ore.
  • 1 Lea Titanium.
  • 5 Beast Bone.
Screenshot of making the Windmill Gear with the Item Transmuter in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
Screenshot by Prima Games

You’ll get 5 Transmuter XP for crafting it, and after giving it to Mildred to repair the windmill, you’ll also receive a Whistlewind Scarf from Broden. The Whistlewind Scarf is an equippable accessory that slightly fills the ATB gauge of its wearer at the start of each battle.


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