Final Fantasy VII Guide - Walkthrough
Meeting Aeris the flower girl
|| Treasure:| (5 gil - Don't pick it up!), Ether, Cover Materia, Potion, ||
||----------| Phoenix Down. ||
|| Other: | Turtles Paradise Flyer No. 1. ||
Talk to her again and you get to name her (Aeris). After more dialog, you'll be able to control Cloud again, so keep on talking to her, and some people from Shinra show up. You'll get to another screen eventually. Note that Aeris is in the back row. This will halve all her physical attacks. You can put her in the front row for now, and give her the newly acquired Titan Bangle to compensate the loss of defense. Also give her the Restore Materia and whatever remains. You could also choose to keep her in the back and just use magic to attack. Head to the right, jump over to the stairs and walk up. A scene will happen and Aeris falls off. You can tell her to fight, to run, or to hold on. The latter will allow you to push one of the barrels upstairs to kill off the Shinra soldier(s). All you need to do is push the right order..This is the right order: The leftmost one first, the upper one second, and the rightmost one last. Just don't wait too long with pushing a barrel, or Aeris has to fight. After Aeris is upstairs, walk out and some dialog follows. Now just run all the way to the left for more dialog. When you gain control again, you're in the slums.
There is a save point here, should you need it. There are creatures here called Vice, which can steal your equipment. Kill them off the first, so they won't get a chance to. Head to the left. Here, you must go up, since the path is blocked to the left. Now you're in an area with some houses and shops. Check out the nearby tube for a scene and a famous mistranslation. The big house in the middle with two doors is where two shops are. The door on the left leads to the Materia Shop, but it doesn't sell anything new. The door to the right leads to the Item Shop, which also doesn't sell anything new. Should you need any Potions, Phoenix Downs, Antidotes or Tents, you can buy them there.
There are a few secrets in the slums that you have to know about to find them – or just explore really good. This video walks you through the little secrets of the Sector 5 Slums.
Then there's the door on the far right. Enter, and head upstairs. Read the paper on the wall, which is 'Turtles Paradise Flyer No. 1'. It's part of a quest much later on. Talk to the sleeping kid and then check out the locker. Open the hidden drawer, but do NOT get the 5 gil. Later on, you'll get something better in return, in case you were wondering. Exit, and enter the broken bus to the north. This is the weapon shop. Just buy 3 Titan Bangles if you have the money. Now exit and head to the area to the right. Here, check out the garden first to find an Ether and the Cover Materia. Save if you wish, then enter the house, which is Aeris'.
After meeting Elmyra, head upstairs to rest. After you've slept, grab the Potion and Phoenix down near the bed. Now WALK near the ledge of the stairs, down. If you run, Aeris will discover you're awake, and she won't let you walk away. Once downstairs, exit the area, and backtrack to spot that was blocked..where you'll meet up with Aeris anyhow.
In this screen, just walk up and over several junk, under the small tunnel, and up the small plank, until you've reached the next area. After the dialog head after Aeris, and then head up to get to ..Wall Market. This is a big place, with a lot to do.