Cloud Strife

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Cloud Strife
Promotional image of Cloud for AC
Job Mercenary (ex-member of SOLDIER)
Age 21 (in FFVII)
Weapon Double-handed sword
Height 5'7"
Birthdate August 19th
Birthplace Nibelheim
Blood Type AB

Cloud Strife is one of the main protagonists of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. He is the main playable character in Final Fantasy VII who claims to be an ex-SOLDIER turned mercenary. Through a series of events, Cloud discovers that his memories are incorrect and must reconcile his past.


[edit] Compilation Appearances

[edit] Final Fantasy VII

Upon first being introduced to Cloud, he is an ex-SOLDIER hired by Barret Wallace to help his eco-terrorist group, AVALANCHE, destroy Midgar's Sector 1 Mako Reactor. The group then rendevouzes at 7th Heaven for a meeting.
Cloud & Tifa's childhood promise
When he reunites with Tifa Lockhart in her bar, she reminds him of the promise he made when they were children. Through the flashback, the player learns that Cloud lived his childhood in Nibelheim with one ambition flooding his mind: becoming a member of Shinra's SOLDIER. When old enough, Cloud set out for Midgar to become a 1st Class SOLDIER. Before leaving, he made an important promise to Tifa - he would return to rescue her if her life was ever in peril. And so Cloud agrees to continue working as a member of AVALANCHE. During the party's attempt at blowing up the Sector 5 Reactor, President Shinra unleashes Air Buster on the group.
Cloud meets Aeris
After the battle, Cloud falls from the bridge and lands in Aeris Gainsborough's church (much the same way Zack does in Crisis Core). Aeris hires Cloud as her bodyguard when the Turks arrive to capture her. After they escape, Cloud takes Aeris back home. At the request of Aeris' mother Elmyra, Cloud sneaks out in the middle of the night, but Aeris has already cut him off. She insists on taking him back to Sector 7 and on the way they rest at a playground. Aeris tells Cloud about her first boyfriend who was also a member of SOLDIER. While talking, they see that Tifa has been captured by Don Corneo's men.

Cloud and Aeris follow the cart to Wall Market, and Aeris helps Cloud dress as a woman to gain entrance into Corneo's mansion. Upon finding Tifa they learn that she volunteered to come in order to find out information regarding Shinra's plans. Depending on the player's actions, Cloud may be chosen to be Corneo's "date" for the evening. During the rescue, Corneo reveals Shinra's plans to drop the Sector 7 plate to destroy AVALANCHE.

Cloud and Tifa fight their way up the pillar and escape narrowly before the plate falls. In her attempts to rescue Marlene, however, Aeris is captured by Shinra. Cloud leads the party to storm Shinra HQ. Inside, he sees the headless Jenova and meets Red XIII. The party rescues Aeris from Hojo's clutches, but is captured and imprisoned anyway. When Cloud wakes up, his prison door is open and there is a trail of blood that leads to the President's office. Inside, they find the President murdered at his own desk. When they examine the sword, Cloud recognizes it as Masamune, Sephiroth's famed sword.

Cloud tells his story

The party flees successfully and splits up. When the party meets in Kalm, Cloud recounts the story of the day Nibelheim was burned. Five years prior, he was accepted into 1st Class SOLDIER following the Wutai war. Cloud made an acquaintance of Sephiroth, the most revered of SOLDIERs, while under employment for Shinra. An adamant bond and respect grew between the SOLDIERs over time and they were soon assigned a task to investigate the Mako Reactor in Nibelheim, following the mysterious spawn of monsters in the town.

Cloud and Sephiroth discovered that the experiments led by Hojo had been the source of the plague of fiends in town. Realizing Nibelheim was being annihilated around him, Cloud rushed to the Reactor where he found an injured Tifa, and fulfilled his earlier promise to her. There he discovered and entered the open Jenova door to encounter Sephiroth, who was the cause of the destruction now bombarding Nibelheim, and Jenova. Cloud attempted to stop Sephiroth from causing further havoc. However, Cloud finds that he is unable to recall the outcome of the event, but realizes that both he and Sephiroth remain alive. As a result, Cloud is insistent in hunting down Sephiroth, and the rest of the party joins his quest.

When the party reaches Nibelheim on their journey, the town seems unchanged and even Cloud's and Tifa's houses remain. The residents claim that Nibelheim was ever burnt down, nor do they recognize Cloud. The houses are filled with strangers and mysterious black-cloaked figures. When the party enters the basement of Shinra Mansion, they find Sephiroth who expects to see Cloud at the Reunion.

The party continues their journey eventually reaching the Temple of the Ancients. Inside the central chamber, they find Sephiroth who reveals his plan to summon the ultimate destructive magic, Meteor, using the Black Materia. When the Planet calls upon the Lifestream to heal its wound, Sephiroth will merge with the Lifestream, gaining the power and knowledge of the Ancients. After Cait Sith turns the temple into the Black Materia, Cloud surprisingly hands its over to Sephiroth and falls unconcious.

Cloud lays Aeris to rest

Aeris appears to Cloud in his dream, telling him that she will stop Sephiroth. When he wakes up, Tifa and Barret tell him that Aeris is gone and insist that he continue his journey. Cloud finds Aeris at the Forgotten Capital, praying at the central altar. Under Sephiroth's control, Cloud raises his sword to kill her, but with the aid of his friends he fights the urge. Without Cloud's willingness (in the game's most famous scene), Sephiroth drops from the ceiling impaling Aeris with his sword. Cloud is deeply affected by her death, and after the party fights Jenova LIFE, he puts her body to rest in the waters surrounding the altar.

Subsequently, Cloud realizes that he was under the control of Sephiroth and continues to pursue him. At the Northern Crater, Sephiroth reveals the truth about Cloud's memories. Although his memories of him before he was a SOLDIER were true, Cloud was never the 1st Class SOLDIER, but only a Shinra infantryman. It was Zack Fair who was the true 1st Class SOLDIER that befriended and challenged Sephiroth at the Nibelheim Reactor. Cloud traveled to the Nibelheim Investigation as one of the two guards that accompanied Sephiroth. Shameful and embarrassed about never making 1st Class SOLDIER, Cloud hid his face from Tifa under his Shinra helmet. When Sephiroth had burned the town of Nibelheim, Cloud ran to the reactor to find both Tifa and Zack seriously injured by Sephiroth. Cloud had run into the reactor, stabbing Sephiroth with Zack's Buster Sword. Sephiroth struck back at Cloud, seriously wounding him. Cloud was unwilling to give up, and threw Sephiroth into a Mako pit inside the Reactor.

When Sephiroth's terror had ceased, the Shinra Company went to the Nibelheim Reactor to investigate the damage done by Sephiroth. Professor Hojo had found the bodies of Zack and Cloud and decided to use them for experimentation under the Jenova Project. For five years, Cloud and Zack were used as lab rats by Hojo in the basement of the Shinra Mansion. The amount of Jenova and Mako injected into Cloud's body brought him into a comatose state. Zack, however, had no reaction to the cells injected into his body, and five years later he broke out of the Shinra Mansion with Cloud in tow. Before they made it into Midgar, however, Zack was shot down and killed. Cloud’s memories then joined with the stories told to him by Zack, causing Cloud to believe he was Zack and creating a "Cloud Fair" persona.

Cloud hands over the Black Materia
Cloud hands over the Black Materia to Sephiroth once again, and the party is forced to escape without Cloud, who falls into the Lifestream. The party reunites with him in Mideel, only to find him in a near-comatose state.
Tifa helps Cloud sort through his memories
Tifa stays with Cloud while the rest of the party hunt down the Huge Materia. When they return to visit, Mideel is attacked by Ultimate WEAPON and the Lifestream bursts through the ground. Tifa and Cloud fall into the Lifestream, where Tifa is able to enter Cloud's subconsious. Tifa helps Cloud piece together his proper memories to restore him to his true self. They are released from the Lifestream and Cloud apologizes to his party, but is ever determined to defeat Sephiroth.

The party travels back to the Northern Crater and are forced to fight Sephiroth in his inhuman forms. Upon his defeat, Sephiroth is sent to the Lifestream where Cloud follows and finally eliminates him using Omnislash. Cloud looks up to see a hand reaching for his and he raises his hand. When Cloud returns to his conscious, he finds Tifa reaching out for him and manages to rescue her before she falls.

The party watches as Holy fights Meteor, but realize that it is too late. Aeris summons the Lifestream to fight Meteor and save the planet.

[edit] Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core

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Cloud meets Zack

Seven years prior to the original game, Zack meets Cloud, a Shinra infantryman whose dream is to join SOLDIER. The two quickly become friends, bonding over their similar hometowns. Cloud occasionally appears throughout the game and is portrayed as an insecure and somewhat naive individual.

Cloud fails to become a member of SOLDIER, and is assigned to accompany Sephiroth and Zack to Nibelheim. Ashamed of his failure and status as a mere infantryman, Cloud wears his helmet to remain inconspicuous. Led by Tifa, the party reaches the reactor and Cloud is ordered to remain outside and keep Tifa from entering.

Later, when Sephiroth burns the town, Cloud is one of the few survivors. He rushes into the reactor to find Zack and Tifa seriously injured. Cloud takes up the Buster Sword and fights Sephiroth, only to be seriously wounded himself. Cloud collapses on the steps near Zack, and the pair are taken to Shinra Mansion’s basement to become Hojo's unwilling test subjects. Due to Cloud's weak mind, the experiments leave him in a near comatose state.

Four years later, Zack breaks out, rescuing Cloud as well (before he is assigned a clone number).
Zack gives Cloud the Buster Sword
Zack shares his plan with Cloud for them to become mercenaries, but during the conversation, they are attacked by Shinra troops. Being overwhelmed by Shinra's numerous forces, Zack is shot down just outside Midgar. The soldiers leave Cloud for dead, who shortly after their departure regains some awareness. He drags himself over to the dying Zack, who entrusts Cloud with the Buster Sword and his legacy. Cloud hauls the Buster Sword behind him as he heads for Midgar. (It is during the time when Cloud reaches Midgar that Tifa finds him, and Jenova reacts to her memories of Cloud and his own desires to be stronger, creating his alternate persona.) In the final scene of the game, Cloud is shown atop the Midgar train claiming to be Cloud Strife, SOLDIER 1st class.

[edit] Final Fantasy VII: On the Way to a Smile

Cloud in Case of Denzel

In the novella, just after the events of the original game, Cloud, Tifa, and Barret help build the new city of Edge. They also rebuild 7th Heaven, and Cloud starts up a delivery service. Shortly thereafter, Cloud stumbles upon Denzel just outside of Aerith’s church and takes him home. He, Tifa, Denzel, and Marlene settle into a pseudo-family life, but over time Cloud becomes depressed over the deaths of Zack and Aerith. Cloud begins to stay at Aerith’s church, unbeknownst to his family.

[edit] Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

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Two years after Meteorfall, Cloud sits just outside of Midgar atop Fenrir. Shortly after a message from Tifa, he is attacked by Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo. Surviving the attack he heads to Healin Lodge to meet with Rufus Shinra, who he is surprised to see still alive and afflicted with Geostigma. Rufus requests Cloud’s help to fight the Remnants, but Cloud denies him and leaves.

When Tifa and Marlene visit Aerith's church in search of Cloud, they find that he has been living there, quietly succumbing to Geostigma. When Cloud returns to the church however, he finds Tifa near-unconscious and collapses himself under the effects of Geostigma.

He wakes up back in 7th Heaven having been rescued by Reno and Rude. After Tifa confronts Cloud about his feelings and fears, he heads to the Forgotten City to reclaim the children. Cloud fights Kadaj's gang, but is overwhelmed and must be rescued by Vincent Valentine. Vincent teaches him the truth of Geostigma and its source in Jenova cells infecting the body.

Marlene scrambles out of the bushes into Cloud's arms and she too confronts him about his actions. Reminiscing on recent events, Cloud realizes that he must forgive himself and fight Kadaj.

Cloud pulls up in front of Tifa as Bahamut SIN terrorizes the city. He banters with her about dilly-dallying, confirming that he has indeed come to terms with his past. Cloud and Tifa join the battle, successfully defeating Bahamut SIN.

During his chase of Kadaj, he is led back to Aerith's church where a healing water springs from the floor, curing Cloud of his Geostigma. When he tracks down and defeats Kadaj, the Remnant joins with Jenova's remaining cells to become Sephiroth. When Sephiroth strikes him with his blade, he asks Cloud what he cherishes most that he may have the pleasure of taking it away. Flashbacks of Aerith, Zack, and Tifa and the children flood his mind, and he manages to fight back against Sephiroth. He defeats him once again with Omnislash insisting Sephiroth remain in his memories.

After watching Kadaj being pulled into the Lifestream, Cloud is shot from behind by Yazoo. Cloud, Yazoo, and Loz collide in a fiery explosion that seemingly kills them all. In the Lifestream, Zack and Aerith tell him that he doesn’t belong there and send him back to the church, where his friends are waiting for him. Cloud helps to heal Denzel of his Geostigma. As he looks around the celebrating crowd, he finds Aerith walking out of the church. She tells him that everything will be alright before walking into the light with Zack. Cloud's final thoughts are that he knows everything will be alright because he’s not alone anymore.

[edit] Final Fantasy VII: Last Order

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[edit] Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus

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Cloud makes a cameo appearance in this game, leading the ground forces to attack Deepground in Midgar. He clashes with Rosso, though the battle's conclusion is never seen. Cloud survives the encounter to speak with Vincent via cell phone and witness Vincent's final attack on Omega.

[edit] Other Appearances

[edit] Final Fantasy Tactics

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Cloud Strife is a bonus character you can receive during chapter 4 of the main quest. Here is how you get him: Required: Mustadio, Beowulf, Reis the Holy Dragon, Construct 8

Step one: head to the Clockwork City of Goug. Step two: Head to the mining city of Gollund and listen to the rumor "The Haunted Mine" Step three: Go to Lesalia and choose "How much does your blade require?" when talking to Beowulf. Step four: head to Gollund Step five: beat the ever-living crap out the enemies in the following battles with a ninja-calculator equipped with Equip Rods and a Magic Gauntlet Step six: head to Goug Step seven: If necessary, complete the story until you clear the Outlying Temple Step eight: go to Zeltennia and listen to the rumor "Cursed Island Nelveska" Step nine: advance story until you clear the consecutive battles until you're done with Fort Besselat Step ten: Head to Zahlghidos and buy a flower from Aerith/Aeris/Flower Peddler Step eleven: go to Goug.


[edit] Dissidia: Final Fantasy

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Cloud is the Warrior of Cosmos representing Final Fantasy VII and opposing Sephiroth.

[edit] Abilities

Bravery Attacks
Name Acquired Type CP (M) AP for Mastery Description Additional Effect
Double Cut Initial Ground 30 (15) 120 strikes enemy twice with sword Chase
Climhazzard Initial Ground 30 (15) 120 strikes enemy once, then leaps above them and strikes them again Wall Rush
Fire Initial Ground 20 (10) 90 shoots a fireball that moves toward the enemy none
Slashing Blow Initial Aerial 30 (15) 300 strikes enemy three times, knocking them away Wall Rush
Sonic Break Level 3 Ground 30 (15) 180 strikes enemy three times, knocking them away Wall Rush
Fira Level 8 Ground 20 (10) 90 shoots a fireball at enemy that explodes none
Aerial Fang Level 10 Aerial 30 (15) 140 strikes down towards enemy once, knocking them away Chase
Rising Fang Level 17 Aerial 30 (15) 140 rises and strikes enemy several times, knocking them away Wall Rush
Firaga Level 23 Ground 30 (15) 120 shoots three fireballs at enemy that explode none
Blade Beam Level 30 Ground 30 (15) 120 strikes sword on ground, creating a beam of energy toward enemy Chase

HP Attacks
Name Acquired Type CP (M) AP for Mastery Description Additional Effect
Cross-Slash Initial Ground 40 (20) 180 strikes three times at enemy, knocking them away Wall Rush
Braver Initial Aerial 40 (20) 180 strikes enemy once, then leaps above them and strikes them again Wall Rush
Meteorain Level 38 Ground 40 (20) 300 several meteors fall onto the enemy, possibly stunning them none

Brave to HP Attacks
Name Type CP (M) AP for Mastery Chained From Description Additional Effect
Finishing Touch Ground 40 (20) 300 Sonic Break leaps in the air, striking enemy several times, knocking them down Wall Rush
Omnislash Version 5 Aerial 40 (20) 300 Slashing Blow strikes enemy five times, then leaps above them and strikes them down Wall Rush

[edit] Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy

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Cloud returns as a Warrior of Cosmos in the sequel to Dissidia. His Kingdom Hearts outfit will be available as downloadable content.

[edit] Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

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Cloud represents Final Fantasy VII in this 3DS rhythm game.

[edit] Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

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Cloud returns in the sequel to represent Final Fantasy VII.

[edit] Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade

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Cloud appears as a Legendary character.

[edit] Final Fantasy All the Bravest

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Cloud appears as one of the random purchasable Premium characters in the shop.

[edit] Final Fantasy Record Keeper

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An ex-SOLDIER whose true memories have been lost, Cloud joins the rebel group AVALANCHE's fight against the Shinra Company in an attempt to save the planet, and discover more about his own identity. - official description

Cloud is a playable character representing Final Fantasy VII. He can be acquired by completing the Final Fantasy VII dungeon Mako Reactor No. 5 (Classic) for the first time.

[edit] Memory Crystal

Cloud's Memory Crystal can be acquired by completing the Final Fantasy XIII dungeon Gapra Whitewood (Elite) for the first time.

[edit] Record Materia

Cloud has two Record Materia. SOLDIER Strike can be acquired by breaking Cloud's level cap, and allows him to deal slightly more damage when equipped with a sword. SOLDIER Counter can be acquired by winning the Jenova BIRTH battle in the Cargo Ship (Elite) dungeon without Cloud dying.

[edit] Abilities

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Cloud uses Sonic Break as his default Soul Break. By equipping the Buster Sword (VII), he can also use the Braver Soul Break.

Cloud can use any Combat abilities up to Rank 5 and Spellblade abilities up to Rank 4. He can also use Samurai or Celerity abilities up to Rank 3.

[edit] Equipment

Cloud can equip the following weapons:

Cloud can equip the following armor:

[edit] Stats

Level HP Atk Def Mag Res Mind Acc Eva Spd
1 200 12 8 7 8 8 20 20 92
50 3679 110 85 58 78 72 22 22 123
65 4574 140 105 76 100 95 - - 131

[edit] Kingdom Hearts

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Kingdom Hearts Wiki Article: Cloud

Cloud is introduced at Olympus Coliseum during the Hercules Cup. He has made a deal with Hades to defeat Hercules. Hades prepares Cloud to fight Sora first, however. After the battle, Hades summons Cerberus who takes Cloud down. Hercules and Sora protect Cloud and defeat Cerberus.

When Sora finds Cloud outside, Cloud explains that he was working for Hades because he was looking for someone. He says that he tried to use the darkness but failed and couldn't find the light.

Later, Cloud confronts Sephiroth in the Coliseum, both claiming that they were looking for the other. Sephiroth invites him to turn to darkness, but Cloud refuses. The two engage in battle, but the outcome is unknown.

During the closing credits, Cloud has found Cid and the two are reunited with Leon, Aerith, and Yuffie. Aerith runs to Cloud and leans in front of him.

Aside from his original appearance during the Hercules Cup, Cloud is also fought alongside Leon during the Hades Cup.

[edit] Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories

Cloud is working for Hades again, only instead of searching for Sephiroth, he's searching for his memories.

[edit] Kingdom Hearts II

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Cloud's main role in Kingdom Hearts 2 is his search for Sephiroth, the dark part of his heart. He disappears after the "epic battle" with Sephiroth, leaving Tifa to search for him. He is a fightable character in Olympus.

[edit] LittleBigPlanet 2

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A Cloud costume was released as downloadable content on July 13, 2011 packaged in a bundle with Aerith, Tifa, and Vincent costumes.

[edit] Quotes

"No one lives in the slums because they want to. It's like this train. It can't go anywhere except where its rails take it." (FFVII)
"Sephiroth's strength is unreal. He is far stronger in reality then any story you might have heard about him." (FFVII)
"I wasn't pursuing Sephiroth; I was being summoned by him." (FFVII)
"Ahhh... You look like a bear wearing a marshmallow." (to Barret – FFVII)
"Shut up. The cycle of nature and your stupid plan don't mean a thing. Aeris is gone. Aeris will no longer talk, no longer laugh, cry... or get angry... What about us... what are WE supposed to do? What about my pain? My fingers are tingling. My mouth is dry. My eyes are burning!" (FFVII)
"A sealed up, secret wish. Tender feelings... no one can ever know." (in the Lifestream - FFVII)
"I'm... Cloud. The master of my own illusionary world." (FFVII)
"I'll make a big enough ruckus for everyone." (FFVII)
"Aerith' memories... Our memories... We came to tell you... our memories... Come Planet! Show us your answer! And Sephiroth!! To the settling of everything!!" (FFVII)
"Too bad; I'm a delivery boy now." (Advent Children)
"I said I'd live out both our lives. Easy to make that promise." (Advent Children)
"I feel lighter. Maybe I lost some weight with all that dilly-dallying." (Advent Children)
"I pity you. You just don't get it at all. There's not a thing I don't cherish!" (Advent Children)
"I know; I'm not alone. Not anymore." (Advent Children)
"I tried to exploit the power of darkness, but it backfired. I fell into darkness, and I couldn't find the light." (Kingdom Hearts)
"As long as you continue to exist, I cannot awake from my nightmare. You are my darkness." (to Sephiroth - Kingdom Hearts)
"My memories... I wanted my memories..." (KHReCoM)

[edit] Gallery

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Artwork of Cloud from FFVII
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10th Anniversary CG render of Cloud
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Artwork of Cloud from Dissidia
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Cloud's Ex Mode from Dissidia
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Cloud's Advent Children costume in Dissidia
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Cloud's Ex Mode for his Advent Children costume in Dissidia
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Cloud's Amano costume in Dissidia 012
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Cloud's Ex Mode for his Amano costume in Dissidia 012
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Cloud's DLC Kingdom Hearts costume for Dissidia 012
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CG render of Cloud from Dissidia
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CG render of Cloud from Dissidia 012

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