Fire element attackDescription
Fire3 is an attack magic spell in Final Fantasy VII. It is granted by the Fire Materia at level three, and is the highest tier Fire spell granted by the Materia, above Fire and Fire2. It is also the second-highest Fire-elemental spell, below Flare, which is granted by the Contain Materia.
|Magic Materia||Fire, Master Magic|
|Effect||Large fire-elemental damage|
|Compatible Support Materia||Added Cut|
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where "Level" is the caster's current level and "Magical Attack" is their Magic atk stat. This is effectively 4x the base magic damage.
Fire3 can be used by characters with the Fire Materia at level 3. Though it can deal significant damage, it also comes with a considerable MP cost, meaning it should be used sparingly and is best saved for boss battles. As a Fire-elemental spell, it is best used against bosses weak to Fire.
Fire3 can be amplified by pairing the Fire Materia with Support Materia. As it is a highly-damaging spell, pairing it with MP Turbo or Quadra Magic can further boost its damage to single targets, and Magic Counter allows it to be used without using up a turn. Pairing it with MP Absorb mitigates the MP cost, though HP Absorb also allows the player greater endurance. Pairing it with All allows the spell to clear groups of enemies, though using Mega All will have the same effect and allows it more options for paired Support Materia. Fire3 has a different animation when used with All.
Fire3 is useful against all enemies that are weak to Fire, or that do not otherwise resist or absorb the element. Though it is outclassed by Flare from the Contain Materia, Flare has almost double the MP cost. Therefore, for spellcasting purposes, Fire3 remains a solid choice in later fights in the game, particularly if paired with the right Support Materia. However, the E.Skill Beta can be acquired much earlier, costs much less MP, and is almost as powerful and natively hits all enemies for considerable Fire-based damage, making it a strong rival for using Fire3.