It wouldn’t be Final Fantasy 7 without summons and Final Fantasy 7 Remake is no different. Well, that’s not entirely true as Final Fantasy 7 Remake summons work a little differently than in the original game. As Remake is partially real-time, when you use a summon it doesn’t just appear, perform a move and disappear. Instead, you get to have some control over the summon until it disappears.
However, you can’t use a summon whenever you like. In Final Fantasy 7 Remake, summons can be used “When facing a formidable enemy in battle.” This means bosses.
Those used to being able to summon whenever they like might be disappointed, but it suits the new style.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake Summons
When you find yourself against one of these ‘formidable enemies’ a summon gauge will appear. When it fills, you can use your combat menu to summon. Each character can only have one summon Materia equipped at a time so which one you choose will be based on who was which summon equipped.
When the summon is active, you can select from two different actions for it, from the combat menu. These actions require ATB, so whichever character you use to command the summon will need to have the required ATB.
Once the summon gauge depletes all the way, the summon will perform its ultimate and vanish.
And that’s how summons work in Final Fantasy 7 Remake.