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Lightning element attack


Bolt is an attack magic spell in Final Fantasy VII. It is granted by the Lightning Materia at level one, and is the basic Lightning-elemental spell below Bolt2 and Bolt3.


Magic Materia Lightning, Master Magic
Effect Small lightning-elemental damage
Compatible Support Materia Added Cut
Final Attack
HP Absorb
Magic Counter
MP Absorb
MP Turbo
Quadra Magic
Sneak Attack
Steal as well

Damage formula:

where "Level" is the caster's current level and "Magical Attack" is their Magic atk stat. This is effectively 0.5x the base magic damage.


Bolt can be used by characters with the Lightning Materia at level 1. At early levels, it can be a potent spell to cast on enemies that resist physical attacks, but are more vulnerable to magic generally. It is especially useful against enemies weak to Lightning-elemental attacks, particularly mechanical enemies, such as Shinra robots.

Bolt can be amplified by pairing the Lightning Materia with Support Materia. The All Materia allows it to hit all enemies, while MP Turbo both boosts its damage and its MP cost, making it more effective. As the spell has a low MP cost in general, it can be efficient on Bolt.

At later levels, Bolt is outclassed by Bolt2 and Bolt3, both gained from the Lightning Materia. However, Bolt should still be used if the player wishes to conserve MP.

Bolt can be cast by the enemies Dark Nation, Crown Lance, and Lost Number during either its base or magical form.