Death Battle Combatant
The Guardian of the Lifestream
Cloud Strife
Origin Final Fantasy VII
Company Square Enix
Appearance(s) Link VS Cloud
This ends here!
~ Cloud using Omnislash Ver. 5 during his battle with Link

Cloud Strife is the protagonist in Final Fantasy VII, and arguably one of the most popular characters in video game history. He appears in the 22nd episode of Death Battle, Link VS Cloud, where he went up against Legend of Zelda protagonist, Link.


At a young age, Cloud strove to join the illustrious Shinra organization. Instead, he was forcefully exposed to Mako poisoning, a raw energy drained from the planet itself. He gained the memories of his deceased friend, Zack, and went on to be the guardian of the Lifestream from planetary threats such as the evil Sephiroth.



  • Age: 24
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Superhuman Strength & Speed
  • Retains Zack's Memories & Skills
  • First Class Soldier Training
  • Impulsive & Moody
  • Inferiority Complex

Buster Sword

  • Length: 6'
  • Width: 2'
  • Base Power: 19
  • Base Accuracy: 96%
  • 2 Linked Martial Slots
  • Single-Edged Broadsword
  • Passed Down between Angeal, Zack, & Cloud


  • Fire/Firaga Level (Fire, Fira, & Firaga attacks; Projectile Based Pyrokinesis; Use Slightly decreases Strength)
  • Lightning Bolt/Thundaga Level (Thunder, Thundara, & Thundaga attacks; can summon lightning from the sky; can launch bolts of electric magic; use slightly decreases strength)

Limit Breaks

  • Omnislash Version 5


  • Ziedrich (Defensive Stregth: 100%; Magic Defensive Strength: 98%; 20% power increase; halves damages; 0 materia slots)
  • Metal Pauldron
  • Ribbon (grants immunity to status ailments including burn, ice, poison, etc.)


  • Works Best as Point Man in a Team
  • Focuses on Overpowering Foes
  • Has Survived Several Longfalls
  • Shrugged of Impalement Multiple times

Comparison to Link

Cloud Strife

  • Jenova Cells extremely vulnerable to the Master Sword's Magic.
  • Naturally Faster & Stronger
  • Building Limit Breaks take time
  • More Predictable Fighting Style
  • Ribbon Nullified Arrow Magic
  • Straightforward & Predictable combat failed against Link's analytical style


  • 10 Generations of Experience
  • Shield means better defense
  • Less Predictable Fighting Style
  • Expert at Finding Weaknesses
  • Can fight up close or at a distance
  • Smarter Fighter
  • Support items match Cloud's superhuman abilities


Cloud appeared as a combatant in DBX where he battled Guts from the Berserk anime/manga and won



  • Cloud is the first Final Fantasy character on DEATH BATTLE!, as well as the first Square Enix character.
    • For a time Cloud was the only Final Fantasy and Square Enix character, until Tifa Lockhart in Yang VS Tifa.
    • For a time Cloud was also the only Final Fantasy and Square Enix character to lose a DEATH BATTLE!, until Tifa Lockhart lost to Yang Xiao Long in Yang VS Tifa.
    • This also makes Final Fantasy VII the only Final Fantasy game to contribute a fighter to DEATH BATTLE! so far.
  • Despite losing his DEATH BATTLE!, his battle with Link was considered the closest fight on DEATH BATTLE!
  • Cloud's model, animation, and audio is used from Dissidia Final Fantasy.


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