Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Folio upgrade system explained

Folios in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth are the way to upgrade stats, such as increasing HP, or gain new base abilities, such as useful synergy skills and abilities.

Understanding and using the Folio system in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is crucial, as you’ll need it to enhance your party’s unique qualities and ensure they’ll help you in difficult fights. As you make your way through the various maps on offer, you’ll need to ensure that Cloud and company are strong enough to handle the challenges ahead.

Without further ado, we’re here to show you how to use Folios to upgrade characters in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, how to access character Folios, and how to use Folio Manuscripts. Plus, as a bonus, we also show you how to improve your party level.

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How to access character folios in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

You can access character folios in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth by visiting a Maghnata Books store in settlements like Kalm by looking for the Book icon on your map.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Maghnata Books Store Icon Map Example Under Junon
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You can also use gold vending machines known as Maghnata Automats. These vending machines often appear throughout the world, usually in smaller settlements, at major story checkpoints, or just before you face a boss.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Maghnata Automatic Vending Machine
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No matter which way you choose to access a Folio, your options will be the same.

How to use Folios to upgrade characters in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

As you play the various missions and explore the environment around you, you will earn skill points (SP). You can then use SP to purchase different skills and stat upgrades in a character’s Folio to improve their individual qualities.

To unlock a new skill or improve stats through a Folio, you will need to be in a Maghnata or Automat shop. Then, select the character you want to apply upgrades to from the list. Next to his name you can see how much SP he has.

final fantasy 7 rebirth maghnata books folio sp character counters
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Then, once inside your Folio screen, hover over the various options to learn more about them. When you do this, a small description box will appear showing you how much SP it costs and a brief summary of what it does. If you are searching for a skill, you will also be told which partners (if any) work on that skill.

final fantasy 7 rebirth barret folio sp counter

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Aerith Folio Skill Description Chart
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You can also see the character’s current SP level in the upper right corner of this screen.

However, Folios work very similar to a skill tree in that they all have branches. You’ll need to unlock skills and upgrades through these branches, which means you’ll likely have to spend SP on a few things before you can get the one you want.

Additionally, most Folios have multiple branches that extend from the main section and these often end in specialized upgrades for the character.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Aerith Folio Branch Example
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When you’ve found an upgrade or skill you want and nothing else stands in your way, simply select it with X and confirm that you want to spend your SP on it. Once you’ve purchased it, its attributes will be automatically added to the character or the skill will automatically end up in your command menu.

As you level up your party throughout the story, you’ll unlock more levels within the Folio that will grant you access to bigger and better upgrades or skill options. However, the higher up the Folio, the more SP you will need. This may mean that you will have to wait a while before your next update. That said, you can always use another way to get SP quickly: manuscripts.

How to get and use Folio Manuscripts in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

You can obtain Folio Manuscripts in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth by doing additional jobs in each region through the quest board in larger settlements or by using Moogle Medals to purchase them at Moogle Emporiums.

Each character in your party has their own set of designated manuscripts:

  • Cloud – The Art of Swordplay
  • Barret – Sniper’s Companion
  • Tifa – Path of the Fist
  • Aerith – Telluric Scriptures
  • Red XIII – Tale of the Red Warrior

If you buy or find a Manuscript, the character it is made for will instantly gain SP.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth buying manuscript at Moogle Emporium
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How to improve party level in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

You’ll need to upgrade your party level in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth to unlock new levels of each character’s Folio and gain access to bigger and better upgrade options.

To improve your party level, you need to explore the world around you, help people you meet with their problems or accept quests from them, and overcome challenges that stand in your way. Doing all of these things will deepen your bonds as a party.

The deeper your bond with your party, the more you will improve your party’s level and be able to earn the rewards for doing so.

Final Fantasy 7 Aerith Cloud and Tifa in the Mythril Mine
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That is all for now! If you’re looking for more Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth content, check out our walkthrough on Queen’s Blood or our page showing you how to get Golden Plumes.

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