The Turks attempt to find Zack and Cloud before the Shinra forces do, knowing that Shinra will likely kill them if captured. Unfortunately, Shinra discovers the two first on the barren terrain outside Midgar. Leaving Cloud hidden away, Zack goes off to defend his honor as a SOLDIER against a large number of Shinra troops, and is ultimately fatally wounded. Cloud manages to crawl to Zack's body after Shinra has left, and Zack, in his dying breath, bequeaths the buster sword to Cloud as Angeal did before. Cloud begins to walk back to Midgar, while Zack's body is taken to the Lifestream by Angeal.
The epilogue recreates the opening scenes of Final Fantasy VII, with the promise of the story being continued in that game.