Allows you to use healing spells.Description
Healing materia is a Magic Materia in Final Fantasy VII Remake and Episode INTERmission, equipped to provide the user curative spells that restore HP. This includes three purely curative spells, and one that provides the Regen status.
A healing materia is initially equipped on Barret Wallace, and is later given to Cloud Strife by Jessie Rasberry at the start of the quest "Reach the Sector 8 Station". More can be bought from shops, first available in the Sector 7 Slums, for 600 gil. There is also a healing materia in the train during "All Aboard for Sector 4" , and in repeat playthroughs, healing materia replace many of the one-time-pick-up materia the player already got previously.
In INTERmission, Yuffie starts with a healing materia already equipped to her.
|Cure||4||Heals a small amount of HP.|
|Restore a small amount of HP.|
|Cura||9||Heals a moderate amount of HP.|
|Restore a moderate amount of HP.|
|Gradually restore HP over time.|
|Curaga||12||Heals a large amount of HP.|
|Restore a large amount of HP.|
Healing materia grants three tiers of curative spells, beginning with the base spell Cure. The spells increase in potency, but also in MP cost. With the Salvation Badge equipped on the character being healed, the curative spells heal more when the equipper has 25% or less health remaining. At its third level, the materia unlocks Regen, a spell that grants the Regen buff, which heals a character's HP over time by a percentage based on their max HP. Equipping the healing materia also improves a character's max MP by 1.
Healing materia is more beneficial to characters the higher their Magic attribute is. Thus Cloud and Aerith naturally cure for greater amounts of HP than Barret and Tifa, depending on the characters' equipment. At higher levels when characters' HP is higher, Cloud and Aerith may be able to fully heal a character with just Cura to save MP, while Tifa or Barret require Curaga. Nonetheless, because healing is such a useful ability, and to prevent one character being too strained for MP, equipping all party members with healing materia may be advisable. Barret in particular can make invaluable use of Healing Materia due to his high HP allowing him to take attacks more effectively to heal near-death characters.
The healing materia is extremely useful if paired with a Magnify Materia, allowing a character to use Curaga to heal all party members at once for a single ATB cost. This helps in many situations, and especially boss battles, and is even better when the magnify materia is leveled up. It can also be used to cast Regen on all party members.
Healing materia remains useful throughout the game, and is ideal for at least two characters to have one equipped. However, healing materia should not be relied upon too heavily, particularly in hard difficulty, as it can become expensive for MP. Alternatives to healing materia that do not rely on MP include the Chakra Materia and the Prayer Materia, as well as healing items in the normal difficulty.
Behind the scenes
Healing materia was the third-most popular materia among survey respondents, at 10%.
- Square Enix (August 14, 2020). Results of the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Post-Play Survey. Final Fantasy Portal Site. Archived from the original on August 14, 2020.