Absorb is a line of spells and abilities which lower the stats of the target and increase the user's by an equal amount.
Absorb Strength (力吸収, Chikara Kyūshū?) is an ability found in Final Fantasy IX. It is used by both the boss incarnation and the crystal incarnation of Tiamat. It deducts a small amount from the Strength stat of the target and adds it to Tiamat's own. Likewise Absorb Magic (魔力吸収, Maryoku Kyūshū?) steals the Magic stat.
Dark Knights are the only class with access to these spells, a form of Black Magic. The Magic Accuracy of these spells is governed by Dark Magic skill. The amount of the the given stat absorbed is determined by level; the job ability Nether Void increases the amount absorbed.
- Absorb-AGI (アブゾアジル, Abuzo Ajiru?) (steal Agility)
- Absorb-CHR (アブゾカリス, Abuzo Karisu?) (steal Charisma)
- Absorb-DEX (アブゾデック, Abuzo Dekku?) (steal Dexterity)
- Absorb-INT (アブゾイン, Abuzo In?) (steal Intelligence)
- Absorb-MND (アブゾマイン, Abuzo Main?) (steal Mind)
- Absorb-STR (アブゾースト, Abuzō Suto?) (steal Strength)
- Absorb-VIT (アブゾバイト, Abuzo Baito?) (steal Vitality)
- Absorb-ACC (アブゾアキュル, Abuzo Akyuru?) (steal Accuracy)
- Absorb-TP (アブゾタック, Abuzo Takku?) (steal Tactical Points)
- Absorbing Kiss is an ability used by Leeches which absorbs a random attribute.
- Mind Drain is an ability used by Magic Pots which absorbs the target's Mind.
- Whispers of Ire is an ability used by certain Evil Weapons which absorbs 2-5 random attributes from all targets within range.
- Absorb-ACC (アブゾアキュル, Abuzo Akuru?) (steal target's Accuracy)
- Absorb-ATK (アブゾアタ, Abuzo Ata?) (steal target's Attack)
- Absorb-DEF (アブゾディフェ, Abuzo Dife?) (steal target's Defense)
- Absorb-EVA (アブゾイヴェ, Abuzo Ive?) (steal target's Evasion)
They were obtained at level 18 and each cost 15 MP to cast. They were removed in patch 1.20 when the classes were revamped in preparation for the Job system.
Vampire has the ability Absorb-MAG (アブゾマグ, Abuzo Magu?), which steals both Magic and Magic Defense from the target. DemiVampire has Absorb-PHY (アブゾフィ, Abuzo Fi?), which steals both Attack and Defense from the target.
Absorb Stats (能力吸収, Nōryoku Kyūshū?) is a Vampirism ability learned by Vampires at job level 11. The character absorbs a selected stat from one target. The stats that can be absorbed are physical attack, physical defense, magic attack, or magic defense. After the absorption, the enemy's stat will be reduced by 25% while the character's stat will be increased by 25%. It costs 20 MP.