Cheat Codes / Walkthroughs
Hold L1 + L2 + R1 + R2 + Select + Start during game play.
Easy Chocobo races:
Hold R1 + R2 while racing a Chocobo to slowly restore energy. Then quickly press Circle to get energy back.
When Teyioh appears on the screen that shows your opponents, press Start. When the starting line appears press Select and hold Circle until your Chocobo has about one tenth of its stamina remaining. Hold down L1 + R1 + L2 + R2 and restore its energy. When it gets back to two tenths or more, then lower it back to one tenth. Note: Do not use stamina at the ending space background unless your Chocobo is green or better.
Easy Battle Square handicaps:
Rapidly tap Square during the "slot machine" handicap sequence in the Battle Square section at Gold Saucer. The slots will slow down, allowing an easier selection of your handicap. Note: This trick will also work in a similar manner with Cait Sith's limit break.
Avoid back attack:
When surprised with a back attack, try running away to automatically turn around (hold L1 + R1). This allows your party to take less damage, however the enemy will get the first strike.
Faster time bar:
When you get into any battle, rapidly press Circle. However, if this slows the time bar down, rapidly press Triangle. If Triangle slows you down when it was speeding up, then rapidly press Circle again. Keep switching if you have to.
When you are fighting one of the more difficult battles and run low health or need to attack quicker, open the PlayStation's lid and let the game idle for awhile. While it is searching for the game disc, your time gauge will still be recharging.
Huge Materia from Cid's Rocket:
The code to get the Huge Materia from Cid's rocket is Circle, Square X, X. Note: If you do not get the code, restart and retry from a saved game.
Maneuvering the Highwind:
The Highwind can be turned sideways or flown backwards without turning around. Hold Square and press the D-pad in the desired direction while flying.
Instead of pressing Square + D-pad to fly the Highwind, press Circle to go forward. Press R1 or L1 to turn sharper.
To fly crooked, hold R1 + Left or L1 + Right while moving at full speed forward.
Sharp turns in vehicles:
Hold L1 or R1 and Left or Right to turn sharply while in vehicles.
Easy Key to Sector 5:
Instead of going through all of the digging to find the "Key to Sector 5" on the top level of the Bone Village, go to the village in Disc 3. There should be an X on the ground in front of the ladder to the second level. Talk to the man and dig for normal treasure in the exact center of the X three times. The first time you should get Cid's mop, the second time you should get W-Summon, and the third time you should get the Key to Sector 5.
Presidential send-off tricks:
After doing the Presidential Send-Off event and receiving your prize from Hedigger, press Square, Circle, X, or Triangle to make Cloud do things such as place his hands on his hips, shrug, and scratch his back with the gun.
View Cloud's Omnislash from behind:
When you get Omnislash, use it. Immediately after you select your enemies, open the lid on the PlayStation. The game will go through all of the camera movements of the Omnislash, but Cloud will not use the technique. When the camera stops the second time, close the lid. About 15 seconds after you close the door, Cloud will use Omnislash. Note: Sometimes the camera will go in front. Make sure you have either Cloud or Red XIII in the middle or you may not see Cloud.
Bahamnant ZERO Summon Materia details:
Walk around after boarding the Shinra No. 26 spaceship on disc two. Your party will be able to go down to the space pod or up the ladder to the right to the huge materia. Go to the huge materia and use the talk button at the tall glass to speak with Cid. He will explain the controls in this part of the game. Talk again at the case and enter the password Circle, Square, X, X to collect the Key Item "Huge Materia". After travelling to Cosmo Canyon later in the game, talk to Bugenhagen. He will take your party up to his observatory. Approach to the Blue huge materia and get closer. Your party will receive the Bahamnant ZERO summon materia.
Sense without wasting a turn:
Press Select to display a window above the time bars, then sense the enemy. From this point on whenever you attack that enemy while selecting, look in that window to see its current HP and name. Note: This only works during the current battle.
Easy AP, Gil, and experience:
Note: A controller with a turbo feature is required for this trick. Go to Cactuar Island (an island in the far north east) and morph three Cactuars into Tetra Elementals. Go to the area around Mideel and "park" your Gold Chocobo or the Highwind on the small sliver of grass below the drop after you pass Mideel going west (not near the forest, but on the area below that.) Walk towards the long beach area far away from your transportation-- if you accidentally get off track, you could get on your airship or Chocobo and drift off. Equip a Mastered Enemy Lure and weapons that can receive the most AP (not your ultimate weapons). The Scimitar, Apocalypse, Platinum Fist, etc. should be your priorities. Equip the Materia you want to get a lot of AP on the weapons. These may include Knights Of The Round, Double Cut, and Bahamut Zero. Cloud, Cid, and Tifa work the best if they are at high levels because they all get triple AP with certain weapons. Equip Cloud with the Apocalypse, Mystile, and Tetra elemental; Cid (if used) with the Scimitar, anything else, and Tetra elemental; Tifa (if used) with Platinum Fist, anything else, and Tetra elemental. Set turbo on Circle and keep it held (a rubber band is suggested). Additionally, hold Down (also with a rubber band) If correctly, you will be going left and right continuously and encountering an enemy called the Sandworm. The maximum damage it can do is 50 to 70 because you absorb the Sandstorm and Earthquake attacks (due to the Tetra elementals). Each defeated Sandworm results in 1300 EXP, 200 AP, and 5000 Gil. With luck, all materia will be mastered and you will have millions of Gil after a few hours.
Cosmo Canyon song:
You can play the Cosmo Canyon song on your own by going to Tifa's house in Nibelheim. Then, press Square, Square, Square, X, Square, Circle, Circle, R1 + X, Circle, R1 + Square, R1 + Square, R1 + Square, R1 + X, Circle, R1 + X, R1 + Square, R1 + X, Circle, R1 + X, R1 + Square, Circle, Square, X, Circle, Square, X, Square. Note: This serves no purpose in the game.
Extra experience (Japanese version):
When in the Gold Saucer prison, enter the well just outside of the town. Walk around until encountering a monster named "Test 0" which resembles a dog. You can poison or attack it. Instead of fighting back, it will whimper and ask that it not be hurt.