Yuffie Kisaragi is a playable character in Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII Remake. She and Vincent Valentine, are the only two optional player characters in the game. Yuffie serves as the protagonist in an added episode of Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, as well as in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Dirge of Cerberus, and numerous other titles.
A ninja, materia hunter, and thief, the friendly and optimistic Yuffie fights using a large four-point shuriken. She hopes to restore her homeland of Wutai to its former glory after the Shinra Electric Power Company conquered it, and only initially agrees to fight alongside the party to further this aim. Although boisterous and obnoxious, Yuffie proves to be a solid ally and valued member of the team.
Players can encounter Yuffie in various forests on the world map following the events at the Mythril Mine. She appears as the Mystery Ninja.
Table Of Contents
18 (Advent Children)
19 (Dirge of Cerberus)
9-15 (Before Crisis, Crisis Core)
Kino Sakai (Japanese / Reunion)
Brandilyn Cheah (English / Reunion)
Mae Whitman (English / Kingdom Hearts II, Dirge of Cerberus, Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind)
Christy Carlson Romano (Kingdom Hearts, Advent Children)
Appearance and Personality
The youngest and shortest member of the party, Yuffie has short black hair and dark brown eyes. In Final Fantasy VII, she wears a sleeveless, green turtleneck jumper that reveals her midriff, a pair of unzipped tan shorts, and a protective gauntlet on her left arm. A strap tied across her chest and back keeps the gauntlet in place, and additional pieces of armor cover her left thigh and right arm. She also wears a white headband, orange fingerless gloves, and orange sneakers with white leg warmers. A pair of kunai knives are tied to the ends of her headband.
Her outfit is the same in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, though she’s also seen in a tattered brown and white cloak with a moogle hood as a disguise. This hood also appears in Dirge of Cerberus.
Yuffie’s outfits change throughout her other appearances in the series. She wears green and yellow sleeveless, hooded vests in Before Crisis and Crisis Core. In Before Crisis, she wears orange shorts, while her shorts remain covered in Crisis Core.
In the film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Yuffie wears a black cloth in place of her gauntlet, starting below her left elbow and covering her left hand. She also wears a black tank top decorated with white flowers beneath a sleeveless gray vest.
In Dirge of Cerberus, Yuffie wears short orange shorts with a yellow cord belt, braced black boots, and a blue and black strapless top.
Defiant, confrontational, and overconfident, Yuffie begins her journey alongside Cloud focused solely on herself. Obsessed with finding materia and selling it for cash, she even steals from her new teammates. When taking on opponents, she often insults them beforehand while building herself up, praising her own abilities. Despite her early behavior, she becomes a loyal friend and ally as the game progresses.
Yuffie is obsessed with restoring her homeland of Wutai to its former glory, which motivates her obsession with money. Growing up hearing tales of how wonderful the land had been prior to the arrival of Shinra, she loathes that Wutai has been reduced to a typical tourist attraction. Driven by her hatred of Shinra, she resents anyone who has worked alongside them. Though her father chastised this view for being childish, the two reconciled after Yuffie defeated Wutai’s guardians, proving her own strength. However, he still warns her that becoming obsessed with strength can be dangerous.
Typically sporting a bright and cheerful attitude, Yuffie’s biggest weak point is her motion sickness. Falling ill in both the airship and at sea, she commiserates with Cloud who suffers the same issues.
Growing up, Yuffie disrespected all authority figures and also showed little respect for Wutai’s customs and traditions. Towards the end of the game, she’s shown to be more open with her party members, even attempting to call Vincent on countless occasions.
More of Yuffie’s character is shown in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. This new iteration of her character is far less selfish, as she seems to sympathize with the people of Midgar during her travels. She’s also much quicker to trust the members of Avalanche, often giving gifts to show her thankfulness. Still cocky, she often puts on a show when highlighting her own skills, behavior which comes off as childish.
Weapons and Abilities
Yuffie wields large long-range shuriken that can do full damage from the back row. Although her stats are below average, her Dexterity is quite high. She also has the best Luck in the party. Her starting level depends on Cloud’s level when she’s acquired and can range from 17 to 42.
The Conformer, Yuffie’s ultimate weapon, does the most damage against high-level enemies, making it excellent for farming in the Gelnika.
|4-point Shuriken||23 Atk|
|2 Linked, 1 Unlinked||Starter Weapon|
|2 Linked, 2 Unlinked||Junon (before Highwind), Gongaga: 1,400g
*Can steal from Formula (on world map near Junon)
|4 Linked||Cosmo Canyon: 2,600g|
|Razor Ring||49 Atk|
|4 Linked, 1 Unlinked||Wutai: 6,000g|
|4 Linked, 2 Unlinked||Icicle Inn: 12,000g|
|Crystal Cross||74 Atk|
|6 Linked||Mideel: 18,000g|
|Wind Slash||30 Atk|
|3 Unlinked||Junon (after Highwind): 2,000g
*Can find in Cargo Ship (chest in boss room)
|Twin Viper||36 Atk|
|4 Unlinked||Junon (after Highwind): 3,200g
*Can find in Mansion (1F)
|Spiral Shuriken||68 Atk|
|2 Linked, 6 Unlinked||Costa del Sol (after Highwind): 14,000g|
|None||Junon (after Highwind): 3,000g
*Can be earned as a prize at Fort Condor (after 7th Condor War battle)
|Magic Shuriken||64 Atk|
|3 Unlinked||Junon (after Highwind): 6,000g
*Can be found in Wutai (Godo's house)
|Rising Sun||68 Atk|
|4 Linked||Steal from Diamond Weapon|
|4 Linked, 4 Unlinked||Can find on Da-chao Statue screen (within flames)|
|8 Linked||Found in Sunken Gelnika|
Most of Yuffie’s Limit Breaks hit multiple enemies, and she tends to learn her Limit Breaks more quickly than other party members. Clear Tranquil is one of only two healing Limit Breaks not used by Aerith, and it is the only one of Yuffie’s Limits to not be based on her physical strength.
Landscaper is the only Limit Break that is strictly a ground attack, and it will miss any flying opponents. Her ultimate Limit, All Creation, deals 9,999 damage to all enemies on the field.
|Limit Break||How to Unlock||Effect|
|Greased Lightning (Level 1)||Starter Limit Break||Dashes at a single enemy and strikes for 3 1⁄8 times normal damage.|
|Clear Tranquil (Level 1)||Use Greased Lightning 8 times||Restores the HP of all party members by half of their max HP.|
|Landscaper (Level 2)||Kill 64 enemies||An Earth-elemental attack that damages all enemies with an earthquake doing 3 times normal damage. Does not hit flying targets.|
|Bloodfest (Level 2)||Use Landscaper 7 times||Attacks random targets 10 times doing 5⁄8 times normal damage each time.|
|Gauntlet (Level 3)||Kill 64 enemies after learning Landscaper||Throws a bomb that hits all enemies for 1 3⁄4 times normal damage. Always a critical hit. Does not take enemy's defense stats into account.|
|Doom of the Living (Level 3)||Use Gauntlet 6 times||Attacks random enemies 15 times for 5⁄8 times normal damage.|
|All Creation (Level 4)||Use the All Creation manual after learning Yuffie's six other Limit Breaks||Hits all enemies with a powerful energy beam for 8 times normal damage.|
Yuffie was initially conceptualized as a very different character–a 25-year-old ex-SOLDIER. After becoming a bounty hunter, wanted posters would be found around the world, and Yuffie would seek out assistance from Cloud. When players acquired Yuffie, the last poster they viewed would alter her age, physical appearance, stats, level, and abilities.
In previous Final Fantasy titles, the ninja job opened up a wide variety of weapons, though the shuriken was the most powerful. This is why it was chosen for Yuffie.
Tetsuya Nomura was keen to make Yuffie look younger than the main cast of the game in Final Fantasy VII Remake Episode Intermission. This is why she is seen in the moogle disguise, as it is very similar to her outfit in Dirge of Cerberus. Despite the many outfit changes Yuffie has seen over the course of many games, Nomura aims to keep her general silhouette as close to the original as possible.
Due to lack of time, both Yuffie and Vincent were nearly cut from the game. This was vetoed by both Tetsuya Nomura and producer Yoshinori Kitase, and the two became optional characters. Jun Akiyama, the event planner in charge of Yuffie, had a strong attachment to her. This is the reason why she has more cutscenes and dialogue than Vincent.
During the production of Final Fantasy VII, Yuffie was planned to be available as a party member any time after passing through Kalm. This can still be seen when accessing the game files, as Yuffie still has a line during the Marshes scene.
The Wutai sidequest during Homecoming of a Miserable Daughter was originally quite different from what is seen in the final game. During early planning stages, the sidequest involved Shinra placing a high tax on Wutai goods, straining its economy. Sera, a Shinra spy stationed in Wutai, would spread pro-Shinra propaganda. Furthermore, she planned to blow up the Ten Face Mountain to destroy Wutai, planning to build a mako reactor in the ruins. Players would have to climb the mountain to stop her.
Born in Wutai Village to Godo and Kasumi Kisaragi one year before the Wutai War began, Yuffie grew up surrounded by hardship and was raised on stories of how wonderful Wutai was before Shinra invaded. Her mother died of an illness when Yuffie was still very young, and at nine years old, she chose to approach Zack Fair when the SOLDIER participated in the invasion of Fort Tamblin. This is seen in Crisis Core.
Proclaiming herself as “Wutai’s Greatest Warrior,” Zack played along with the young girl, who eventually ran off. Godo Kisaragi, Yuffie’s father and the leader of Wutai, transformed their homeland into a tourist attraction after losing the war to Shinra. Yuffie resented this and immediately began plotting ways to bring Wutai back to its former glory. After the war, Godo was given a list of SOLDIER email addresses by a blonde man, along with a list of rare treasure locations. Godo chose to do nothing with the information. It’s implied that this unnamed man was either Rufus Shinra or Lazard Deusericus.
Yuffie steals this information, emailing Zack about the treasure locations in the hopes of ambushing him and stealing the goods. This plan failed, though Yuffie continued emailing Zack, taunting him. The treasure locations became more and more dangerous as the information had come from an anti-Shinra group based in Wutai. During the final mission, Yuffie stole Zack’s Bahamut Fury materia, successfully escaping with it, though she mailed it back only days later after realizing she didn’t know how to use it.
In Before Crisis, Yuffie encountered the Turks in Wutai. Avalanche had established a stronghold in the pagoda, and after being pursued by the eco-terrorist group, the player Turk saved Yuffie, only for the girl to scheme to steal their materia despite barely even understanding what it was. Eventually, Yuffie stole the bomb detonators planted in the pagoda, chased by the player Turk to get them back. In the skirmish, Yuffie accidentally hit the detonator, cooperating with the Turk to escape. After realizing that the player was aligned with Shinra, Yuffie fled.
In Final Fantasy VII
After players find and defeat Yuffie in the forest, the ninja demands a rematch. Instantly turned down, she somewhat reluctantly joins Cloud’s party, planning to steal from the group.
During the time spent in Under Junon, Yuffie spends time chatting with Red XIII after Cloud was chosen to infiltrate Junon, and soon after, the ninja disguised herself as a crew member on the Shinra cargo ship, though her seasickness kept her from being much help. In Costa del Sol, Yuffie spent time working at the materia shop, stealing many of the store’s wares at night.
After Barret shares the fate of Corel with the party, Yuffie is quick to express her lack of sympathy, blaming him for trusting Shinra in the first place. Following the destruction of their hijacked plane, Yuffie suggests that the group should travel west towards Wutai, though she doesn’t mention anything about her past.
Upon reaching Wutai, Yuffie finally steals the party’s materia. However, an attack by Shinra soldiers throws her off guard, and she admits that she had played a trick on Cloud and his friends before running away. When Cloud catches up with her in the village, Yuffie is seen talking to her dad, rebuking him for his fear of Shinra. The girl finally breaks down when confronted by the party, sharing how Wutai had become a resort town after the war. Promising to return their materia, this proves to be another lie, and the group is suddenly trapped in a cage.
During her escape, Yuffie is captured by Don Corneo. The man questions whether Yuffie or Elena, a Turk, should become his next “bride,” but Cloud’s party rescues both women with the help of the Turks Reno and Rude. Yuffie returns the stolen Materia and joins the party once again.
Returning to Wutai’s Five Story Pagoda, Yuffie defeats guardians of the village on each floor before confronting her father Godo at the peak. The man asks his daughter to treat the fight seriously and to imagine that she is trying to kill him. After winning, Yuffie is given the Leviathan materia. Still arguing over what had happened to the village, Godo explains that both Yuffie’s quest for materia and his decision to cease all conflict with Shinra were just two different ways that they were trying to support Wutai. He then asks Yuffie to continue traveling with Cloud’s party, believing in their strength while also implying that she should ask for their materia at the conclusion of their quest.
Yuffie is a potential date option for Cloud at the Gold Saucer. If chosen, she kisses Cloud, only to be enraged by his lack of response.
After Barret and Tifa were imprisoned in Junon and the city was attacked by Sapphire Weapon, Yuffie disguised herself as a reporter and helped them to escape.
Prior to their descent into the Northern Cave for the final fight against Sephiroth, Yuffie attempts to make Cloud sign a contract that would relinquish all of the party’s materia to her after the battle was over. Cloud refuses, and following Sephiroth’s defeat, Yuffie and Vincent are absent, as the two travel to Midgar to help citizens evacuate before Meteor strikes.
In Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
Under orders from the new Wutai government, Yuffie travels to Midgar to steal a legendary materia from Shinra. As she travels through the slums, she’s shocked at the amount of rubble and monsters present. After coming into contact with a number of strange men in dark cloaks with numbers tattooed on their arms, she rushes to a more populated area by following Avalanche’s moogle posters.
Arriving at the local clinic–much to the surprise of the local neighborhood watch–Yuffie learns that her partner Sonon Kusakabe is not there, despite having arrived days prior. The clinic turns out to be a front for a local Avalanche division, led by Zhijie and run by Billy Bob, Polk, and Nayo.
Waiting for Sonon to return, Yuffie scouts out the area, learning to play the popular tabletop game Fort Condor, taking on side bounties, and finding a Wutai supporter named Old Snapper.
After meeting up with Sonon, the two begin plotting to infiltrate the Shinra Building, making their way to Scarlet’s weapons research facility. A former student of Yuffie’s father, Godo, Sonon agrees to follow Yuffie’s lead, despite the girl being quite a bit younger. As they embark on their mission, the two quickly learn that their goals differ from that of the local Avalanche group. Yuffie and Sonon feel nothing but hate for Midgar and Shinra, but Avalanche only sought to liberate the city from Shinra–something Yuffie deemed impossible as the city was Shinra’s creation in the first place.
Soon after, the duo learns more about the infamous group of Avalanche members that lived in the slums and were behind the recent attacks on the mako reactors. Yuffie approves of these actions, secretly wishing that they had teamed up with this “splinter cell” instead.
The two are accosted by Don Corneo’s lackeys as they follow Nayo to meet the contact providing their fake IDs. The thugs say that they’re on the lookout for “bridal candidates,” instantly noting that Nayo fits the bill but Yuffie was “just a kid,” angering her. The group then beats up the lackeys and moves on, with Sonon and Yuffie getting their Shinra ID cards successfully. Unfortunately, Zhijie is then seen being led out of the factory by Shinra employees, though the pair successfully free him. The leader says that Shinra was planning to destroy the Sector 7 slums, and upon returning to the clinic, Yuffie and Sonon find it ransacked.
The pair make their way to the train station, barely catching the last train out along with Nayo, Billy Bob, Polk, and Zhijie.
Becoming motion sick in the packed train, Yuffie nonetheless makes it through the ID check. Sonon confides in her, sharing more about his younger sister Melphie, who tragically died at the end of the Wutai War after a Shinra combat drone went haywire. The young girl had been helping evacuate people when the drone began attacking everyone in its path.
Inside the Shinra Building, Yuffie and Sonon used their IDs to successfully make it through swarms of reporters. Scarlet enters the elevator with them, insulting Wutai after she catches sight of the pair. Instead of having them captured, however, she sends them to her research department as test subjects. Blaming Scarlet for Melphie’s death, Sonon laments that he missed his chance for revenge, but Yuffie calms him down, promising that they would have a second chance.
Making their way through the facilities, the pair destroy a number of Shinra weapons and steal as much materia as they are able to grab. Unfortunately, they fail to find any ultimate materia. Scarlet, baffled as to what the two were searching for, confronts them, only to be soundly defeated. The Shinra worker claims that the company has no ultimate materia, as all similar projects had been postponed to drop the Sector 7 plate.
Deploying Deepground, Scarlet also releases Nero the Sable to pursue Yuffie and Sonon. The man kills his fellow Deepground SOLDIERS, however, as Shinra scientists lose control of him. Nearly managing to escape, Nero reforms himself, and Sonon decides to stay behind to give Yuffie time to escape.
The ninja watches as Sector 7 collapses before collapsing in tears. Leaving Midgar on a Chocobo, she promises to continue fighting Shinra, stealing materia, and returning Wutai to its former status, eager to find new companions to join her on her quest.
Post-Final Fantasy VII
In the short story collection Final Fantasy VII: On the Way to a Smile, the group returns to the City of the Ancients following Meteorfall to mourn Aerith. While Yuffie is given a large number of destructive materia, this is in name only, as Cloud notes that he’ll hold onto them for safekeeping. Hoping to be treated like a hero for saving the planet from Sephiroth, Yuffie returns to Wutai to find it in ruins due to the release of the lifestream. Dreams of fame placed aside, she instead offers her healing materia to help the wounded.
When the Geostigma virus begins to infect people in the area, Yuffie’s father locks her in the family dojo, believing her to be the carrier. After being freed by her childhood friend Yuri, the two leave Wutai to seek out a cure for the disease in the materia caves. Finding nothing but monsters, the two battle on. After a stray fireball releases a strange black liquid from the ground, Yuffie and Yuri run from the cave after it appears sentient, though Yuri is subsequently infected with Geostigma.
Yuri reveals that Red XIII had visited Midgar before Yuffie’s arrival, and many believed that he was the one who had infected Wutai with the disease.
After returning to Wutai, Yuffie sees that those infected had been quarantined in a hut on the outskirts of the village. Despite this, the number of infected continues to increase. The town is then made aware of the strange black water that the two had encountered in the cave. A year later, another quarantine hut had been constructed, and Yuffie left to investigate the northern materia cave.
While traveling through Corel, Yuffie runs into Red XIII and Cid, the latter of whom is testing a new oil-fueled airship. Red XIII accompanies the ninja on her journey in the hopes that the two can finally discover a cure for Geostigma.
In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Yuffie can be heard leaving a message on Cloud’s cellphone when the device is lost in the lake in the City of the Ancients. The ninja mentions that children have gone missing from Wutai and, curious to see if Cloud knew why, she was reaching out.
During the battle against Bahamut SIN in Edge, Yuffie accompanies Tifa, Cait Sith, Barret, Red XIII, and Vincent in the fight. She first arrives the Shera, Cid’s new airship, and shows signs of motion sickness upon reaching solid ground.
In the bonus feature Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII, Yuffie is desperate for Cloud to take a day off from work. To this end, she mails a “Closed for Business” sign to Barret through the Strife Delivery Service.
In Dirge of Cerberus
Yuffie was part of the World Regenesis Organization during the events of Dirge of Cerberus, placed in charge of intelligence gathering and espionage. The ninja fought against Deepground, successfully rescuing Vincent from Rosso the Crimson in the Shinra Mansion and bringing him back to WRO Headquarters.
Both Yuffie and Vincent venture into Deepground after the Battle of Midgar to kill Weiss. After being stopped by Nero, Yuffie is sucked into darkness, but Vincent is easily able to rescue her as darkness has no effect on him. Along with other members of Avalanche, Yuffie helps Vincent to destroy Omega. At the end of the game, she’s seen sitting inside Seventh Heaven.
Appearances in Other Final Fantasy Titles
Yuffie Kisaragi appears in the following Final Fantasy titles:
- Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia
- Final Fantasy VII G-Bike
- Pictlogica Final Fantasy
- Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade
- Final Fantasy Record Keeper
- Final Fantasy Artniks
- Final Fantasy Trading Card Game
- Triple Triad
Though commonly appearing as a Ninja, Yuffie’s role was altered in both Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia and Final Fantasy Record Keeper. In the former, she clears debuffs from the party and reapplies them to the enemy, while in the latter she plays a more powerful DPS role.
Appearances in Other Media
Yuffie also appears in the following non-Final Fantasy games:
- Kingdom Hearts
- Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
- Kingdom Hearts coded
- Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
- Kingdom Hearts III: ReMind
- Kingdom Hearts Mobile
- Kingdom Hearts χ [chi]
- Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]
- Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring
- Itadaki Street
- In Japanese, Kisaragi is the traditional word for February.
- Christy Carlson Romano, the English voice actress for Yuffie in both Advent Children and Kingdom Hearts, played the popular Disney channel character Kim Possible. Mae Whitman, who played Yuffie in Dirge of Cerberus, also appeared as Roxy in the film Scott Pilgrim and Ann in the TV show Arrested Development.