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Staff with a divine ice power dwelling inside.

Description

The Ice Staff is Vivi's Ice-elemental staff in Final Fantasy IX. It teaches him the Blizzara spell, which lets him do Ice damage to one or all targets in a group, and Slow, which attempts to slow an enemy down so they act less frequently. The Ice Staff deals Ice damage with Attack, but does not improve Vivi's Ice-casting.

Obtain[]

The Ice Staff is stolen from Gizamaluke and found in Cleyra's Trunk. It is found in the Sand Base area CleyraTreeTrunk2, and the player must get it before filling the area with sand or the treasure gets buried and becomes inaccessible. The Ice Staff can be bought for 980 gil from Treno (when Garnet and Steiner visit there), Cleyra, Lindblum (second storyline visit), Conde Petie, Black Mage Village (before going through the Shimmering Island portal), and Alexandria.

Mechanics[]

The Ice Staff's damage dealt with a normal Attack is determined as follows everywhere but within Ipsen's Castle:

Base = 16 - Enemy's Defense
Bonus = Strength + A random value 0 ... [(Level + Strength) / 8]
Damage = Base * Bonus

The damage is then modified by variables like Vivi's row position and the enemy's Protect. Under Mini, his Bonus would be 1. If Vivi equips Healer, damage is converted to healing.

When in Ipsen's Castle, the stronger weapons do less damage than weaker weapons, and the Base part of the damage formula is altered to:

Base = 44 - Enemy's Defense

The Ice Staff deals Ice damage with Attack (and via Steiner's Charge!), meaning it will do 150% damage to those weak to Ice, half damage to those who resist Ice, no damage to those who nullify Ice, and heals those who absorb Ice. The staff does not empower Vivi's Ice magic, but it itself can be empowered via equipping a Magus Hat or Magician Cloak, stacking against an enemy's weakness to Ice. However, this functionality is not particularly useful for Vivi, who is better off dealing Ice damage with his spells.

Use[]

The Ice Staff is Vivi's Ice-elemental weapon, teaching him the Blizzara spell that remains useful for the whole game, as well as Slow. It is the counterpart to Vivi's other elemental weapons, Flame Staff and Lightning Staff, acquired around the same time, though the Ice Staff is obtained the earliest if the player manages to steal it from Gizamaluke. They remain Vivi's good weapons to use for Burmecia, world map exploration, Cleyra's Trunk, Cleyra bosses, and Alexandria Castle, though the superior Oak Staff can be acquired very early if the player prioritizes Chocobo Hot and Cold. If the player did not steal the Ice Staff from Gizamaluke, the player can still save their money while in Treno and skip buying it there, as the staff can be found in the next dungeon Vivi is heading to: Cleyra's Trunk.

The Blizzara spell from the Ice Staff will be useful in the fight against Sand Golem Cores and the Antlion up in Cleyra. He can have the Magus Hat available at this time, and equip it concurrently with the Ice Staff to empower his Blizzara. Blizzara remains Vivi's best Ice spell for most of the game, until he can procure the Octagon Rod much later.

As staves only offer Attack power and have no effect on Vivi's spellcasting ability, his weapon stats are less relevant to him than what abilities they teach. As the Ice Staff offers no boost to Vivi's Ice-elemental spellcasting, the player can discard it after its abilities have been mastered, as it is not needed for synthesis.

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