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Materia Information

Types of Materia:
  1. Command Materia
  2. Independent Materia
  3. Magic Materia
  4. Summon Materia
  5. Support Materia
Materia is Final Fantasy VII's version of magic, but is quite unlike anything you would have seen before. Materia consists of orbs of crystalised mako which you are able to pick up.You will notice that the weapons / armour you obtain for each character will have 'Slots.' Each slot is capable of holding one materia and in battle you can only use materia which have been inserted into a slot.

Some slots will also be linked. Linked slots will enable you to make use of the effects of the 'All' and 'Support' materia. All Materias will let you cast a spell on all the enemies in battle, but the amount of times you can do this depends on the level of the All Materia in question.Support Materia lets you give your attack and defence different attributes depending on which materia you link up. Only some Support materia needs to be linked. Equipping materia will also lead to a change in your characters attributes as they change the HP, MP, Strength. However once you remove the materia the changes will be removed too.

Here are the attributes changed by equipping materia:

AttributeDescription
StrengthCharacter's strength when equipped with materia.
MagicCharacter's magic power when equipped with materia
MaxHPMaximum HP variance when equipped with materia.
MaxMPMaximum MP variance when equipped with materia.
MagicDefMagic defensive power when equipped with materia.
VitalityOverall character's battle potential.
LuckCharacter's luck in battle, based on offensive and defensive ability.
DexterityCharacter's overall speed and evasive ability.

In order to upgrade your materia you need to aquire AP, which is obtained from battles. When you obtain AP your materia will grow depending on the growth rate of the weapon you currently have equipped. Weapons will normally have a 'Normal' growth rate but sometimes you will see 'Double' or even 'Triple'. So depending on the weapon you have equipped you will either recieve the standard amount of AP from a battle, or double or triple that amount. Each materia has a number of stars that will be filled as you gain more AP for it. Once all the stars are filled up the Materia is 'Mastered' meaning it as reached its power limit. When this happens the Mastered materia will also make a duplicate of its self, though the duplicate starts from 0 AP. Below are brief descriptions of the 5 types of materia available in the game.

Command Materia

Command materia gives you new abilities and options which are selectable on your in-battle menu. Command materia are shown to be yellow orbs. Gaining AP allows you to learn new abilities for your Command materia. Each command materia has a maximum of 3 Levels it can 'grow' to, and it will gain a star each time it advances a level, making it even more powerful.

Independent Materia

ndependant materia give you abilites which as active as soon as you equip them, such as Enemy Lure, Enemy Away and Chocobo Lure.. Independant materia are shown to be purple orbs. Each indepedent materia has a maximum of 5 Levels it can 'grow' to, and it will gain a star each time it advances a level, making it even more powerful.

Magic Materia

Magic materia enable you to use magical spells to hinder you enemy your help your allies, this type of materia is considered to be one of the most important.. Magic materia are shown to be green orbs. Each magic materia has a maximum of 5 Levels it can 'grow' to, and it will gain a star each time it advances a level, making it even more powerful.

Summon Materia

Summon materia give you the ability to summon powerful creatures to help you in battle, these creatures will execute a powerful attack and then leave the battle, costing MP. Summon materia are shown to be red orbs. Each summon materia has a maximum of 5 Levels it can 'grow' to, and it will gain a star each time it advances a level, making it even more powerful.

Support Materia

Support materia work by supporting materia in the same linked slot as it. By attaching a materia you will be able to benefit from special abilities. Support materia are shown to be blue orbs. Each support materia has a maximum of 5 Levels it can 'grow' to, and it will gain a star each time it advances a level, making it even more powerful.
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