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Creates a Barrier resistant to physical attacks


Barrier is an indirect magic spell in Final Fantasy VII. It is granted by the Barrier Materia at level one, and applies the Barrier status effect, which halves all physical damage. Barrier is the counterpart of MBarrier, which reduces magical damage by half.


Magic Materia Barrier, Master Magic
Effect Grants Barrier
Compatible Support Materia Added Cut
Final Attack
HP Absorb
Magic Counter
MP Absorb
MP Turbo
Quadra Magic
Sneak Attack
Steal as well


Barrier can be used by characters with the Barrier Materia at level 1. It applies the Barrier status, which halves all physical damage taken. The spell has a small MP cost at 16, meaning that it can be useful against enemies and bosses that rely on dealing physical damage. The spell can be applied to all allies when linking the Barrier Materia with the All Materia.

Big Guard from the Enemy Skill Materia can render Barrier redundant as it provides not only the Barrier status, but also MBarrier and Haste, with no requirement to be linked to the All Materia. Though Big Guard has a significantly higher MP cost, the effects are worth it, meaning that after Big Guard is obtained, Barrier should only be used when a player is conserving MP. It is possible to get Big Guard before reaching Rocket Town where the Barrier Materia is available for purchase.

Barrier can be cast by the enemies Dark Nation, Death Claw, Adamantaimai, and Gorkii.