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Flare / Megaflare / Gigaflare

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Sephiroth using Flare, Megaflare, and Gigaflare in Ultimate.
User Sephiroth
Universe Final Fantasy

Flare (フレア, Flare) is Sephiroth's neutral special move. In a similar manner to Thunder and Frizz, it can be charged up to Megaflare (メガフレア, Megaflare) and then Gigaflare (ギガフレア, Gigaflare) before being released.


All three versions of the move launch a projectile that travels horizontally. The projectile will explode upon hitting an opponent, the stage, or another projectile, or after travelling a certain distance.

Flare is a red fireball that moves slowly and travels almost the entire length of Final Destination. Charging the move for a short time causes it to become Megaflare, which turns blue and deals more damage and moves faster, but only covers half the distance. Charging even further causes the move to become Gigaflare, a small projectile that results in a large and extremely powerful explosion, though significantly shorter-ranged, barely past melee range. The move can be cancelled during the Flare and Megaflare stages with the shield button, but this simply stops the move; the charge cannot be stored for later.
When releasing Megaflare, Sephiroth may say 行け ("Go."), and when releasing Gigaflare, he may say 焼き尽くす ("Burn to nothing.") Releasing Gigaflare will also cause the screen to slightly darken.

While moving, the projectile can be reflected and absorbed normally. However, the explosion itself is not considered a projectile and cannot be reflected or absorbed. Spacing is crucial when using a reflector or absorber, as they will not offer any protection against the damaging explosion. Absorbing the projectile will only heal based on damage that the projectile would do. This is most noticeable when absorbing Gigaflare, which does much of its damage through the explosion, thus only healing a minuscule amount. Reflectors, however, will increase the power of both the projectile and explosion. A reflected Gigaflare is strong enough to instantly KO.

Charging Flare is extremely potent at the ledge. When properly spaced and timed, Gigaflare can potentially cover every possible ledge option, often resulting in extremely early kills. Flare and Megaflare can be used against an offstage opponent, as they are both fairly large and travel a good distance. The charge can also be cancelled if the opponent attempts to avoid the projectile for further pressure.

Instructional Quotes[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Move List Sephiroth's stock icon. Hold the button down to charge; release to launch a fireball. Charging longer reduces the range but increases the explosion size.


Safer∙Sephiroth using Flare in the original Japanese version of Final Fantasy VII.

Flare first appeared in Final Fantasy — originally localized under the name NUKE — where it was a high-level Black Magic spell. Despite its name and appearance, it is often listed as a non-elemental spell. However, in Final Fantasy VII, it appears as a fire-elemental spell (which is reflected in its Super Smash Bros. appearance). Safer∙Sephiroth uses Flare in the original Japanese version of Final Fantasy VII; in the English version, this was changed to the similar move Shadow Flare. It can also used by the party by using the Contain Materia.

Megaflare first appeared in Final Fantasy III as an attack used by Bahamut; it has since come to be known as the dragon's signature attack in every game it appears in, often shown as a massive explosion or destructive beam of energy fired from its mouth. In a few rare instances, most notably the Kingdom Hearts series, it is available as a standalone spell.

Gigaflare first appeared in Final Fantasy V as the demon Twintania's most powerful attack. It would later appear in Final Fantasy VII as Neo Bahamut's attack, and like Megaflare, would come to be closely associated with more powerful strains of Bahamut, though other monsters like the Archeodemon and Enuo would have access to it in their repertoire.

Flare is actually more powerful than both Megaflare and Gigaflare in Final Fantasy VII, with 115 power compared to 65 and 80 power, respectively.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese フレア / メガフレア / ギガフレア, Flare / Megaflare / Gigaflare
UK English Flare / Megaflare / Gigaflare
France French Fission / Méga-Fission / Giga-Fission
Germany German Flare / Mega-Flare / Giga-Flare
Spain Spanish (PAL) Fulgor / Megafulgor / Gigafulgor
Mexico Spanish (NTSC) Fulgor / Ultrafulgor / Gigafulgor
Italy Italian Fusione / Megafusione / Gigafusione
China Chinese (Simplified) 火光 / 百万火光 / 十亿火光
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 火光 / 百萬火光 / 十億火光
South Korea Korean 플레어 / 메가플레어 / 기가플레어, Flare / Megaflare / Gigaflare
Netherlands Dutch Flare / Megaflare / Gigaflare
Russia Russian Вспышка / Мегавспышка / Гигавспышка


  • Sephiroth has currently never used both Megaflare or Gigaflare in any Final Fantasy game.
  • Teraflare, another form of Flare, is used by Bahamut ZERO in Midgar.
  • Similar to Terry's Buster Wolf and Power Geyser, Gigaflare briefly flashes a dark color that is unrelated to Special Zoom.