Final Fantasy VIII Remaster Walkthrough, Cheats, and Codes

Help Squall save the world on Switch, PS4, Steam, and more

Rinoa stands behind Edea in Final Fantasy VIII HD Remaster for Switch.

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The 2019 HD remaster of Final Fantasy VIII is the same game fans fell in love with 20 years earlier with a fresh coat of paint and some new cheats. This FFVIII walkthrough covers all secrets including how to get every Guardian Force summon.

These cheats are for Final Fantasy VIII on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch.

Final Fantasy 8 HD Cheats

The console versions of FFVIII HD have some built-in cheats that are available from the beginning of the game.

These cheats are not available in the the Steam version of Final Fantasy VIII HD for PC.

Cheat How to Activate
Fast Speed Press the left analog stick.
Battle Assist (Max HP and Limit Breaks) Press the right analog stick.
No Random Encounter Press both analog sticks at the same time.

How to Get Every Guardian Force Summon in FF8

Use this guide to GFs in FFVIII to obtain every summon in the game.

GF Summon Ability How to Obtain
Quezacotl Thunder Storm Squall's starting GF
Shiva Diamond Dust Squall's starting GF
Ifrit Hell Fire Defeat him in the Fire Cavern.
Siren Silent Voice Draw from Elvoret in Dollet or Tri-Point in Ultimecia's Castle.
Brothers Brotherly Love Defeat them in the Tomb of the Unknown King.
Diablos Dark Messenger Use the Magical Lamp and defeat him.
Carbuncle Ruby Light Draw from the Iguions in Deling City or Krysta in Ultimecia's Castle.
Leviathan Tsunami Draw from NORG after opening his pod or Trauma in Ultimecia's Castle.
Pandemona Tornado Zone Draw from Fujin in Balamb or Red Giant in Ultimecia's Castle.
Cerberus Counter Rockets Defeat him in Galbadia Garden or draw from Gargantua in Ultimecia's Castle.
Alexander Holy Judgment Drawn from Edea in Galbadia Garden or Catoblepas in Ultimecia's Castle.
Doomtrain Runaway Train Have six Remedy's, six Steel Pipes, six Malboro Tentacles, and the Solomon Ring in your inventory at the same time.
Bahamut Mega Flare Defeat him in the Deep Sea Research Center.
Cactuar 1000 Needles Defeat him on Cactuar Island.
Tonberry Chef's Knife Defeat the Tonberry King in the Centra Ruins.
Eden Eternal Breath Draw from the Ultima Weapon in the Deep Sea Research Center or Tiamat in Ultimecia's Castle.
Odin Zantetsuken Defeat him in the Centra Ruins.
Gilgamesh Zantetsuken, Excalibur, Excalipoor, or Masamune Odin transforms into him in disc 3.
Boko ChocoFire, ChocoFlare, ChocoMeteor, or ChocoBocle Use Gysahl Greens in battle.
Moomba MoombaMoomba Use the Friendship item in battle.
Phoenix Rebirth Flame Use the Phoenix Pinion in battle.
MiniMog Moogle Dance Use Mog's Amulet in battle.

How to Get the Airship in Disc 4

The Ragnarok is located near Kashkabald Desert in disc four. To get there, do the following:

  1. Take the portal at the entrance to Ultimecia’s Castle that leads to the Centra continent.

  2. Head north to the Chocobo Forest.

  3. After completing the chocobo sidequest, ride a chocobo across the shallow water to get to the Ragnarok.

How to Fight the Ultima Weapon

To fight a powerful superboss:

  1. After obtaining the Ragnarok, fly to the Deep Sea Research Facility near the southwestern corner of the world map (it's not marked on the map).

  2. Defeat Bahamut, then go back to the Ragnarok and fly away.

  3. Return to the facility to find a new path leading to the Ultima Weapon.

How to Fight the Omega Weapon

To fight the toughest boss in the game:

  1. In Ultimecia's Castle, have the party you want to fight with stand on the switch-point by the fountain.

  2. Have the other party pull the rope outside the art gallery to ring the bell.

  3. Switch back to the other party and run to the chapel. If you're fast enough, you'll encounter the Omega Weapon.

Triple Triad Character Cards

The following rare cards can only be obtained by playing the Triple Triad mini-game against specific characters.

Character Card Owner Location
Zell Card Zell's mom Zell's house
Squall Card Laguna Ragnarok
Rinoa Card Generall Caraway Deling City
Irvine Card Flo Fisherman's Horizon
Selphie Card Selphie's friend Trabia Garden
Quistis Card Quistis fan Balamb Garden Cafateria
Seifer Card Cid Edea's House
Edea Card Edea Edea's House
Laguna Card Ellone Lunar Base
Kiros Card Card Queen Deling
Ward Card Doctor Odine Esthar City

FF8 UFO Sidequest

The UFO you've seen flying around the world map is more than an Easter egg; they're part of an important sidequest. Go to the following locations on the map to encounter the alien spaceship in battle:

  • Winhill Bluffs in southern Galbadia.
  • Mandy Beach east of Timber.
  • Kashkabald Desert in southern Esthar.
  • Heath Peninsula in eastern Trabia.

After visiting each location, fly to Grandidi Forest in northern Esthar to battle the alien ship. After defeating it, go to where Balamb Garden used to be to find PuPu. Fight him to receive an Accelerator, or give him five Elixirs to earn the Pupu Card.

FFVIII Magic Draw Points

Locate magic draw points to obtain the most powerful spells in the game.

You must have the Move-Find ability junctioned to draw from invisible draw points.

Flare

Area Location
Trabia Region Bika Snowfield between the central mountain ranges 
Dr. Odine's Laboratory (invisible) Upper floor of the lobby
Trabia Region Tip of the peninsula on the northern shore of Bika Snowfield
Esthar Region Top of the cliff where Esthar meets the Sollet Mountains
Island Closest to Heaven Northeast tip
Island Closest to Heaven Eastern side of island
Island Closest to Heaven Southwest side of island
Island Closest to Hell Northwest shore 
Island Closest to Hell Northeast tip
Island Closest to Hell East side of the eastern peninsula
Ultimecia's Castle (invisible) Castle gate

Holy

Area Location
Centra Region Beach south of Edea's House 
White SeeD Ship The leader's cabin
Lunatic Pandora Hall below elevator 1
Esthar Region South of the Sorceress Memorial
Island Closest to Heaven Northern side of island
Island Closest to Heaven Middle of island 
Island Closest to Heaven East side of island
Island Closest to Hell East coast of the western peninsula 
Island Closest to Hell West coast of the western peninsula
Island Closest to Hell Tip of the northern peninsula
Island Closest to Hell West side of the eastern peninsula
Ultimecia's Castle (invisible) Treasure room

Ultima

Area Location
Fishermans Horizon (invisible) Second floor of the Mayor's residence
Shumi Village Near the elevator
Esthar Region Southeastern part of Grandidi Forest
Esthar Region  Near Tears' Point
Galbadia Region Lallapalooza Canyon on the tallest cliff east of Winhill
Deep Sea Research Center (invisible) Bottom of the fifth screen
Island Closest to Heaven Northeast tip
Island Closest to Heaven Eastern side of the island 
Island Closest to Heaven Southeast tip
Island Closest to Hell Shore between the southern peninsulas
Island Closest to Hell East coast of the western peninsula
Island Closest to Hell Northwest shore
Island Closest to Hell Central part of the western side
Island Closest to Hell Northeast tip of the northern shore
Ultimecia's Castle (invisible) In the armory

Aura

Area Location
Trabia Garden Festival On the stage
Dollet Region Western tip of Long Horn Island
Galbadia Garden (invisible) Back entrance during the Garden battle
Esthar Region Tip of the peninsula near the Sorceress Memorial
Island Closest to Heaven Northeast tip 
Island Closest to Heaven East side of island
Island Closest to Heaven Center of southern part of island
Island Closest to Hell West coast of the western peninsula
Island Closest to Hell West coast of the western peninsula
Island Closest to Hell Near the base of the northern peninsula
Island Closest to Hell East part of the northern area
Island Closest to Hell Middle of eastern peninsula
Ultimecia's Castle (invisible) Wine cellar

Full Life

Area Location
Galbadia Missile Base (invisible) Missile launcher room
Balamb Garden Before the ladder to the control room
Fishermans Horizon Factory where the Master Fisherman was sitting
Esthar Region Nortes Mountains northwest of Esthar
Ragnarok (invisible) Hangar lower level
Island Closest to Heaven Northwest tip
Island Closest to Heaven Center of island
Island Closest to Heaven Southeast tip
Island Closest to Hell East coast of the western peninsula
Island Closest to Hell East of the northern peninsula
Island Closest to Hell East side of the eastern peninsula
Island Closest to Hell East side of the eastern peninsula
Ultimecia Castle's (invisible) Inside the prison cell

Meteor

Area Location
Esthar Region Northeastern part of Grandidi Forest
Great Salt Lake (invisible) Near the entrance
Esthar Region Between the mountains and beach on the central peninsula 
Lunatic Pandora Staircase in the elevator lobby
Lunar Base (invisible) Near the door of Ellone's room
Island Closest to Heaven Northwest side of island
Island Closest to Heaven Northern side of island
Island Closest to Heaven Eastern side of island
Island Closest to Hell East coast of the western peninsula
Island Closest to Hell Tip of the western peninsula
Island Closest to Hell West coast of the western peninsula
Island Closest to Hell Tip of northern peninsula
Island Closest to Hell Central part of northern area
Ultimecia's Castle (invisible) The terrace past the chandelier