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Control (あやつる, Ayatsuru?, lit. Manipulate), also known as Manipulate and Charm, is an ability that appears in various games in the Final Fantasy series. In most instances, it allows a character to take control of an opponent via the Control status. In many games, this ability is required to learn certain Blue Magic spells.
Control is the Level 2 ability in the Beastmaster class that inflicts the Controlled status, learned for 50 ABP. This is useful in learning the Blue Magic spells White Wind (Final Fantasy V), Mighty Guard, and Transfusion. The ability has a 40% chance of working without the Hypno Crown equipped, and a 75% chance of working with the Hypno Crown equipped.
Relm and the optional character Gogo can use Control if they equip the Fake Moustache. It allows for Strago to learn some Lores at an easier rate by having Relm or Gogo control specific enemies, such as Dark Force, and have them cast their Lore spell. The player may also use the opportunity created by controlling the last remaining enemy in a battle to use Osmose to absorb the monster's MP, as this spell will not end the controlled enemy, and control has no set time limit. Enemies under Relm or Gogo's control will have their sprites flipped horizontally, facing the same way that the controller is facing.
Control is practically necessary to fight the Brachiosaur enemy.
All enemies and bosses have a Control menu with a least one option out of four abilities regardless of being immune to the command or not. This is a safety measure to ensure that the game does not freeze. If Relm controlled a target that did not have any ability in this menu, the game would freeze when her turn comes up.
The chance for the user to successfully Control a monster is as follows:
- If (Controller's level * 256) / Target's level > [0..255] then successfully control the enemy, otherwise miss.
If the Hypno Crown is equipped, the formula is modified as follows:
- If (Controller's level * 256) / (Target's level * 170 / 256) > [0..255] then successfully control the enemy, otherwise miss.
If the target has either Invisible, Zombie, Sleep, Confuse, or Hidden status, then Control will automatically fail. If the player makes a controlled enemy use Snort on itself, it results in the Snort bug.
When an enemy has been successfully controlled, its battle menu will contain up to four abilities. The default Attack and Special will be present on a majority of the enemies, along with a mixture of magic spells, Lores, and enemy spells. Some enemies have fewer than four abilities. Using spells requires MP, and if a controlled enemy does not have enough, the spell will fail.
Monsters at the Dragon's Neck Coliseum will not use their regular AI scripts; they instead use the abilities in Relm's Control options for that monster. The Control option has a maximum of four abilities, and one of the abilities will be picked at random when their turn comes up.
The Manip. command can be used with the Manipulate Materia, found on Cait Sith when he joins. If successful, it inflicts the Manipulate status. Manipulating enemies is required to learn the Enemy Skills Big Guard, White Wind, Death Force, Angel Whisper, and Dragon Force.
Charm is the level 1 ability for the Beastmaster. It allows the Beastmaster to control their target. It can be recast every 15 seconds. Charm can be used to deal with aggressive adversaries without fighting them or to bind beastmen, allowing a Beastmaster to run away. It only works against certain natural creatures (generally animals, vermin, and avians).
The Beastmaster class can control a monster to use one of its attacks during the Beastmaster's turn rather than flat out controlling its turns. Although this means Control can never fail, the ability to move the monster is lost.
Ark Angel MR's card can use Control. To use it, the player must dull Ark Angel MR, discard another Ark Angel MR card, and pay two Wind CP. Control allows the player to select two Forwards the opponent controls, and deal damage to them equal to their combined power.