Costly Punch Is The Best Ability In Crisis Core & Here Is Why

If you are seeking to spice up your gameplay and dish out best damage output, you definitely need Costly Punch for Zack.

Costly Punch Crisis Core

The best attribute related to Costly Punch is used to pull off its insane 99,999 damage chance! It is a special attack that excludes both magic and physical damage.

It works by utilizing Zack’s HP to unleash tremendous damage upon enemies. The only downside to this attack is that it depletes some of Zack’s overall Health. In contrast, you may want to avoid using the attack if your HP is 1.11 times higher than your maximum HP.

Key Takeaways

  • Search the M9-5-4: Abnormal Power to find the skill.
  • You can also steal it from Mako Ifrit.
  • Other than that, you’ll need to complete half of the side missions i.e. 50%.
  • Costly Punch can deliver 99,999 damage at a chance.
  • Costly Punch will do you no good if your health is 1.11 times higher than your maximum HP, and it will deal 0 damage to the enemies.

How To Unlock Costly Punch

There are several approaches you can take to obtain the skill. You can either craft, steal, or buy Crisis Core. Firstly, you can craft it using Materia Fusion

  • You must use “DMW Materia” and any of the four “Punch” Accessories.
  • Beginner players reading my guide should not consider “Materia” to be a typo for “Materials.” These are special items used to cast spells, command abilities, and more!

#1. Crafting Costly Punch

Materia Fusion
You can fuse Costly Punch with different DMW Materia to refine the move!
  1. You will need to head over to Research Dept. QMC+ is where you can obtain DMW Materia from inside a chest.
  2. Players must travel toward the shop in Gongaga, which will appear after the scene with Cissnei. 
  3. The next step after Research Dept. QMC+ players will need to head over to Junon Souvenirs shop.
  4. You can find the chest with a mission labeled “M2-4-1: A Solitary Island.” You can buy Materia for various Mascot Summons.
  5. I recommend that Summons are your best bet to turn the tables against your opponents.
  6. The Mascot Summons can be found in the DMW’s Chocobo Mode. The summons you need to be looking for are Magic Pot, Chocobo, and Tonberry.
  7. Thirdly, players must access another chest in the map’s North-West corner. The mission will be labeled “M7-5-3: Girl on the Desert Island.” There is a Summon different from the Mascot Summon called the “Boss” Summon.
  8. You will fight any Boss Summon in the story. However, to acquire them, you will need to complete Side-Quest missions. You’ll need access to Bahamut, Odin, Ifrit, and other Boss Summons.

Apart from that, DMW Materia can also be acquired as a reward by completing missions specifically in the M9-4 and M9-5 mission lines.

  1. In the final phase of crafting your skill, you must get your hands on one of the four Punch Accessories in the game. These are Iron Fist, Magical Punch, and Goblin Punch.
  2. Acquiring the Goblin Punch in chapter 10 will require more than 30+ hours of gameplay.
  3. The easiest method to take Goblin Punch is by completing M9-2-5: To the Lower Levels.
  4. Or you can have a 50% steal chance from Vajradhra Kumbhira in M4-4-4: Wutai in the Slums.
M4 Mission Line
You can access M4-4-4: Wutai in the Slums from the “Missions” section!

Coincidentally, Magical Punch can be found in M6-5-5: Arms Development Dept. After you have acquired the above-mentioned items, you will need to use the Materia Crafting. It will cost you around 12,000 SP.

2# Stealing Costly Punch

You will have a 50% Steal chance from Mako Ifrit in M9-5-1: Hojo’s Monsters. It is one of the direct and easiest methods to get your hands on Costly Punch. It rids you of the complicated crafting methods!

After you have acquired Costly Punch, you can use it to reach the 99,999 damage cap using the following method. Players can use two specific items to help Zack reach the damage cap. They can either use Genji Glove or Brutal.

To unlock Genji Glove, players must clear the M8-5-6: Treasure Info 6 mission line to unlock the M9 missions. Furthermore, you’ll get access to the M9-4-6: Biomechanical Threats mission, where you will find Genji Glove in the large room. 

“Brutal” can be found early on in the game by clearing M7-4-6: Breakthrough mission. Once you have each item, you can equip them to increase the damage cap to 99,999 for Zack.

Why You Should Get Costly Punch?

I strongly recommend going with the Stealing option to obtain your Costly Punch. It is more feasible, but sadly, it requires significant story progression. In this case, you can choose either approach that is more accessible and suitable for your playthrough.

In the end, it is worth the trouble because of the huge damage output it yields for the opponents. 

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