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Blizzard is a magic spell in Final Fantasy VII Remake. It is granted by the Ice Materia, and is the basic Ice-elemental spell below Blizzara and Blizzaga. Blizzard deals small ice-element damage, but has the lowest MP cost of the three ice spells, and the shortest casting time.
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Blizzard costs 4 MP to cast with a level 1 ice materia equipped. The spell can be used against low-level enemies, dealing considerable damage, and in many case killing them. It is also effective for pressuring and staggering stronger enemies at lower levels. It is particularly strong against enemies weak to ice.
Among its peers— Fire, Thunder, and Aero—Blizzard is different that after hitting its target, it creates a stationary mine before dealing damage to any enemies caught in the mine. Though this can be used effectively to catch enemies that run into it after it hits the first enemy, the main drawback is that the initial enemy that is hit can run away from and evade the spell. Therefore, it is crucial to cast it on enemies that are stationary, such as those pressured or staggered or stopped, or to take advantage of a window of opportunity when they can be hit.
Blizzard is outclassed by Blizzara, but can still have uses due to its short cast time and low MP cost. As Blizzard is quick to charge, it can be cast much faster than Blizzara and Blizzaga, meaning it is easy to aim the spell in a window of opportunity. There are many cases where players may choose to use Blizzard over Blizzara, though when Blizzaga is acquired and characters have greater MP, Blizzard is more often than not redundant.
The Blizzard spell can be amplified by pairing the ice materia with Support Materia. HP Absorption Materia and MP Absorption Materia can be potent pairs to increase a character's sustainability, while Magnify Materia can be a good pair to allow multiple Blizzards to be cast on all enemies. These materia are often best used with more powerful spells, however. Blizzard can also be used effectively with Aerith's Arcane Ward, casting it twice in succession.