Increases ATB when staggering an enemy.
Obtained[edit | edit source]
Stats[edit | edit source]
|1||0||Small ATB increase|
|2||250||Medium ATB increase|
|3||Large ATB increase|
Use[edit | edit source]
ATB Stagger materia causes a character's ATB gauge to increase after staggering an enemy, by varying amounts depending on the materia's level. When an enemy is staggered, the user can immediately perform an ATB ability to deal damage to them, making it a useful materia in some circumstances.
ATB Stagger is a very useful materia to equip on Tifa because her abilities and general kit are geared towards building up an enemy's stagger, and her Unbridled Strength techniques are unique in their ability to increase an enemy's stagger bonus damage. With ATB Stagger materia, Tifa can immediately use Unbridled Strength after staggering an enemy to then increase its bonus damage. Another character who benefits from the materia is Cloud, whose abilities focus on raw damage output. With ATB Stagger, he can immediately follow up staggering an enemy with a powerful melee attack.
ATB Stagger materia can be used in combination with other materia that also increase characters' ATB gauges rather quickly. These include First Strike Materia, ATB Assist Materia, Skill Master Materia, and ATB Boost Materia. ATB Boost can be used with ATB Stagger to, after gaining ATB from staggering an enemy, immediately double this to gain two ATB charges, unleashing more powerful attacks on a weakened enemy. As before, Tifa can use her abilities together in quick succession in combos with her high Speed to deal burst damage to a staggered enemy, while Cloud can take advantage of using powerful abilities, such as Infinity's End, quickly after an enemy is staggered.