You can get Cloud any time after you defeat
Adramelk. Note that you MUST have Mustadio still
around, so don't dismiss him or let him get killed!
To start the quest, go to Goug Machine City, where
Besrodio (Mustadio's father) will show you a
steel ball he's found (if you've already seen this
scene, you don't need to repeat it). You must have
Mustadio alive to do this quest!
Now go to Goland Coal City, in the center of the
map. At the bar in Goland, listen to the rumors "Ghosts
of Colliery." You will be asked to fight a monster in
the coal mines. Leave the bar. Nothing will happen at
first, but go to Lesalia. Ramza will go into the bar
and learn more about the coal mine job. He agrees to
take it. On the way out, Beowulf will stop you and ask
you to take him with you. Agree and he joins you (as
You'll note that Goland Coal City has turned red.
First, go back into Lesalia and buy Beowulf some better
equipment. Then equip Yin-Yang Magic as Beo's second
ability (he already has a bunch of Yin-Yang spells
learned). Then return to Goland, where you'll be
forced into entering the Colliery Mines. You have to
fight through three floors before you reach the sewers,
where the Holy Dragon Reis is being attacked by some
demons. You have to save her. Reis and Beowulf then
join you, and you get the Aquarius Zodiac Stone.
The quest continues... return to Goug. Cloud will
put in the Aquarius stone in the steel ball, which
transforms into Worker 8. A comical scene will follow,
then Worker 8 joins you. On the way out of town, you'll
get another scene in which Besrodio puts together
another device that also requires a Zodiac Stone.
Now go to Zeltennia Castle (yup, all the way up
there). Go to the bar and listen to the "Cursed
Island" rumor. This will open up a new path on your
map to Nelveska Temple. Buy some Softs before you
leave town for the coming battle. Now find a character
with a high Jump ability and equip them with Move-Find
Item; you'll need it. Go to Nelveska and you'll be
attacked by Worker 7*new. After Worker 7*new goes down,
you'll get his power source: the Cancer Zodiac Stone.
When you try to leave Nelveska Island, Beowulf
will use the Cancer stone to restore the dragon Reis to
her normal human form. She will then re-join your
party, keeping all her dragon abilities (and getting
many new ones). Strangely, even in human form, she
can't use equipment.
Hike all the way back to Goug. Besrodio will
power up the weathervane with the Cancer Stone and
it will.... summon Cloud. Cloud, in typical Cloud
fashion, will refuse to let you introduce yourselves
and run off in pursuit of Sephiroth (why couldn't
they have summoned somebody cool like Rufus or Red
NOW you have to go all the way to Zarghidas
Trade City (I bet you're getting real sick of those
random battles, huh?). Remember when you met Aerith
here earlier? Well, she's back, and this time she's
being accosted by some thieves. Cloud comes to save
her, but has another one of his schizophrenic
breakdowns. You have to save him from the thieves.
Afterwards, Clod... er, Cloud will join you.
You're still not totally finished with this quest.
In order for Cloud to be able to use his limit attacks,
you need to find his Materia Blade. Equip the Move-Find
Item ability on somebody and go to Bervenia Volcano.
Get into a random battle there. During the battle,
move your Move-Finder to the very tippy-top of the
volcano, where you'll discover the Materia Blade. Then
finish the battle.
Equipping Cloud with the Materia Blade allows
him to do Limit attacks. However, Cloud really isn't
all that great a character. His Limit Breaks take a
long time to charge, and he starts at level 1. But you
did get some cool other characters (Beowulf and Worker