Barrier is a magic spell in Final Fantasy VII Remake. It is the first spell provided by Barrier Materia, and applies the Barrier buff. This halves all incoming physical damage, and is multiplicative with any other defenses to physical damage. Barrier is a counterpart of Manaward, which reduces magical damage by half, and is superceded by Manawall, which reduces both forms of damage by half.
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Barrier costs 11 MP to cast, and can be used by characters with barrier materia at level 1. The spell applies the Barrier buff, which lasts for one minute, and reduces all physical damage taken by half. This makes it very effective against enemies whose damage is mostly physical. The effect is multiplicative with other defenses against physical damage; for instance, a character who is blocking will take 40% less damage, and the remaining damage taken will be further halved by Barrier.
Barret can make great use of Barrier for this reason. Using Steelskin reduces damage he takes by 30%, and with Barrier applied on top of this, he will reduce the damage even further. This can also be useful in conjunction with Barret's Lifesaver, although Barret will not reduce the damage that Lifesaver projects from other characters onto him, if another character with Barrier on receives damage, this will be greatly reduced, meaning that Barret will himself receive less damage while Lifesaver is active.
Barrier can be a good pair with Magnify Materia. Using it will reduce the duration of Barrier, but not its effects. By casting Barrier on all allies at once, all characters will be greatly resistant to physical damage, which can be especially useful in certain encounters. Barrier can be replicated by Manawall once it is obtained, which applies both the barrier and Manaward status at once; at this point, Barrier is still useful if only physical damage is a threat to save MP, but when both types of damage are a threat, Manawall is a better choice.