While activated, the most recent damage the player sustains will be recorded up to a limit determined by the character's level. This damage amount will determine the bonus value granted to specific spells. Unlike Afflatus Solace, it is non-cumulative and overwriting.
While under the effect of Afflatus Misery, the player gains a bonus to the following spells:
- Cura: Increased potency.
- Esuna: Bonus to the number and variety of enfeebling effects removed.
- Auspice: Adds light-elemental damage to initial attacks and an Accuracy bonus when target is missed.
- Banish spells: Increased potency.
Afflatus Misery is a White Mage spell learned at level 74. The spell is the White Mage's strongest charge ability and DPS spell. When Afflatus Misery is used, it deals unaspected damage to the target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 900 for the first enemy, followed by a decreased potency ranging from 10%-50% to all remaining enemies. This was changed in patch 5.2 to where to it does 900 potency on the first enemy, followed by a decreased potency of 25 percent for the remaining enemies. This was changed again in patch 6.1 where the potency was increased to 1,240 for the first enemy, and a decreased potency of 50 percent for remaining enemies.
In order to use Afflatus Misery, White Mage's are required to have a Blooming Blood Lily charge present on their healing gauge, which can only be achieved by spending three lily charges on either Afflatus Solace or Afflatus Rapture.
Afflatus Misery is a battery effect triggered as part of Y'shtola's LD ability, Scion's Holy. Mastering and equipping the passive that gives Scion's Holy also grants the Blood Lily overhead effect. Any action executed increases the overhead counter; when this reaches 3, the normal Scion's Aero turns over to Afflatus Misery. Using the skill will then discharge Blood Lily.
Afflatus is described as a sudden and strong creative impulse or inspiration. It was derived from the Latin term afflatus, originally spelt as adflatus, which literally means "to (ad) blow or breathe upon (flatus)." The "inspiration" definition of afflatus was first used by Cicero in De Natura Deorum ("The Nature of the Gods").