The Key to Sector 5 can be found by looking for normal treasure. If the tremors point toward the fighter plane's nose on the lower plateau, dig just under the tip to reveal it. This is the most probable location for it, though it may vary.
Ribbons are a very handy accessory, as they block all status effects. They're also pretty rare, but here are some places to get them:
- A chest in Temple of the Ancients.
- Master Tonberrys can be morphed into extra Ribbons.
- There's a pretty well-hidden cave in Gaea's Cliff.
- Complete the Special Battle in Gold Saucer ten times
- Morph Ho-Chu, the 2nd opponent in Battle Arena Special Battle, and a random final opponent in Regular Battle
There are six rare items within the Great Glacier. Check the Final Fantasy VII/Gaea's Cliff#Rare items section for details.
You need a green, black, or gold Chocobo or a submarine to reach the round lake on the southern half of the western continent, though you cannot get out of the submarine in this lake. There's a cave behind the waterfall. Once you enter with Vincent in your party on Disc 2, you get a cutscene that explains a lot about Vincent's background.
Return to the cave after a few battles. Doing so, you'll get Vincent's level 4 limit break manual Chaos, and Vincent's ultimate weapon Death Penalty.
Inside, there's first a save point and a chest. In the second room to the left, not up the ladder, you have to fight Rude and Reno of the Turks. Rude does Bolt2, and both Reno and Rude both have admirable physical attacks that will amp your limit bars. Be careful of their confuse though. Two good strategies here are to equip Steal materia and steal the most valuable and prized armour in the game, Ziedrich from Rude, and also Tough Ring from Reno, and to use Hypers on your party to quicken their wait time and fill their limit bars faster. This is one of three chances to steal the Ziedrich armour from Rude. The other spots are at the Rocket launch site and during the return to Midgar.
The third room is the cargo room. Behind the pipes, you'll find Hades materia. In the top-right corner, there's a Double Cut materia hidden from view by one of the chests on a higher catwalk. In the chests, you find Conformer, Yuffie's ultimate weapon, Highwind, Cid's level 4 limit break manual, along with other items.
The enemies here are very strong, from around a few hundred to two thousand damage, but they can be morphed into Sources, which raise your stats. Getting Sources here is the only way to raise stats to the max value of 255; you cannot reach this point by leveling up.