Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Bond of Friendship
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How to See & Increase Friendship Bonds in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth (FF7)

Keep your party happy

The Bonds of Friendship system in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth will dictate more than just the way party members feel about Cloud. Increasing the bond can change the course of their story, and it’s important to keep an eye on this meter for the best outcomes.

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How to Increase Bonds of Friendship in FF7 Rebirth

Bond of Friendship meter in FF7 Rebirth
Screenshot by Prima Games.

Complete side quests and choose the best dialogue options to increase the Bonds of Friendship in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. Each party member in the game will have side quests that they “lead” as side characters. When this happens, they typically take part in any of the cutscenes, and completing the quest itself will increase your friendship level. But it’s not just about getting the side quests out of the way to get that meter higher.

Dialogue options are just as important, and within these sidequests, Cloud typically has a few options in how he wants to respond. For a character like Aerith, you want to be as nice as Cloud possibly can while helping her with any requests. Chances like this will appear for all of your party members, and the more time you spend with them, the better the bond will become.

Eventually, your bonds with each character will change the course of their narrative to a small degree, so don’t miss out as you play through the game.

How to See Friendship Bond Levels in FF7 Rebirth

Speak to party members in major towns to see the smiley face above their head that marks the Bond of Friendship level. The bond level will be a grey smiley face with no smile by default. As you strengthen your bond, the face will change and will look much happier. Along with the smile size, the color of the face will change until you reach the maximum bond level with a given character.

Don’t forget to increase the weapon proficiency of each party member as you strengthen your Bonds of Friendship in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.


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