Tifa, Cloud, and Sephiroth climbing Mt. Nibel
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How to Skip FF7 Rebirth Demo Chapter 1 in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

Are you getting déjà vu in Nibelheim? Here's how to skip the FF7 Rebirth Demo content in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.

Skipping the Nibelheim flashback in FF7 Rebirth Chapter 1 is a convenient bonus for beating the demo, rewarded alongside a useful Kupo Charm and Survival Set. But you’ll still need to play through a portion of the demo’s events before that skip option becomes available. Here’s how to skip the FF7 Rebirth demo in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.

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How to Skip Chapter 1 Nibelheim in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

Cloud’s retelling of his return to Nibelheim with Sephiroth in Chapter 1 is crucial to the story. That said, you don’t necessarily need to play it twice to grasp the gravity of it. The faster you get through it, the closer you are to unlocking adorable Chocobos and testing your mettle in more battles.

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Check Your FF7 Rebirth Demo Saved Data

To skip the Nibelheim flashback, you’ll need to confirm that you have eligible saved data from the Rebirth demo on your console. On the title screen, go to the Bonuses tab and select “Check Saved Data” to see what you can claim. If you deleted the demo’s saved data, you can’t claim the bonus items or the Chapter 1 skip.

When you start FF7 Rebirth, you’ll still need to play through a portion of the demo content again. This includes visiting Cloud’s mom, climbing the water tower, playing the piano, and more. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes. But it’ll likely go quicker since you’ve already played it. Simply put, just play normally.

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Play Chapter 1 Until the Journey to Mt. Nibel

Shortly after you begin running up Mt. Nibel with Sephiroth and Tifa, you encounter some enemies and go through a brief combat refresher. Defeat them and a cutscene will trigger with Tifa saying, “That was awesome!”

After that, you’ll get the pop-up prompt to skip. This allows you to bypass the mako reactor investigation and all the fighting that comes with it, saving a ton of time. Instead, you’ll jump to the Nibelheim Inn at night when Sephiroth has gone missing.

That’s how to skip a good portion of Chapter 1 in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, if you’ve completed the demo. While you can’t skip the entire chapter, it still lets you bypass battling Screamers and slowly dragging machines to purify the air of mako gas. For more on FF7 Rebirth, check out our guides hub for topics like how to level up fast and obtain Time Materia.

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Alyssa is a Seattle-based freelance writer and editor. She’s always playing too many games at once and never gets through her backlog. Dragon Age: Origins, Final Fantasy IX, and World of Warcraft are just a few of the games she loves.