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Ice element attack

Description

Ice3 is an attack magic spell in Final Fantasy VII. It is granted by the Ice Materia at level three, and is the strongest Ice spell granted by the Materia, above Ice and Ice2. It is also the second-highest Ice-elemental spell, below Freeze which is granted by the Contain Materia.

Stats

Magic Materia Ice
Effect High ice-elemental damage.
MP cost 52
Comptabile Support Materia Added Cut, All, Final Attack, HP Absorb, Magic Counter, MP Absorb, MP Turbo, Quadra Magic, Sneak Attack, Steal as Well
Reflect Yes

Ice3 deals damage in the following formula:

$ (64 / 16) * [ (Level + Magical Attack) * 6 ] $

where "Level" is the caster's current level and "Magical Attack" is their Magic atk stat. This is effectively 4x the base magic damage.

Use

Ice3 can be used by characters with the Ice Materia at level 3. It deals significant damage, but comes with an equally significant MP cost, meaning that it should be used sparingly and is best saved for boss battles. As an Ice-elemental spell, it is best used against bosses weak to Ice.

Ice3 can be amplified by pairing the Ice Materia with Support Materia that improves its damage. As it is a highly-damaging spell, pairing it with MP Turbo or Quadra Magic can be useful to further amplify its damage to single targets, and Magic Counter means it will be cast more frequently. Pairing it with MP Absorb also allows it to be used more economical to cast it frequently by mitigating the MP cost, though HP Absorb also grants the player greater endurance. Pairing it with All allows the spell to be used to effectively clear groups of enemies, though using Mega All will have the same effect and allow it more options for paired Support Materia.

Ice3 is useful against all enemies that are weak to Ice, or that do not otherwise resist or absorb the element. For normal spellcasting, as the characters' max MP improves, it remains useful, particularly if paired with the right Support Materia. However, against larger targets and bosses, it becomes outclassed by Freeze from the Contain Materia, which deals more damage, has a chance of inflicting Stop, but also has almost double the MP cost.

Fire3 can be cast by Bizarro∙Sephiroth.

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