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Mage Arrows in Final Fantasy IV (DS).

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Item magic is an alternative to the main spell-casting methods in the Final Fantasy series. Item magic is cast by using certain weapons or armor pieces from the Item menu during battle, and the spells are usually weaker than their Magic command counterparts where spells have a fixed spell power. No matter how powerful the player's characters become, the item magic spells usually will not increase their potency. From time to time, unique spells are created just for item magic, such as Magic Arrow.

Item magic does not cost MP, and items can be used endlessly in some games, while in others they are consumed. Different games have specific rules dealing with item magic, such as whether the spells are reflectable or not. The most common weapon to cast spells are rods and staves. Sometimes, other equipment pieces have spells as well, including armor. Recurring weapons that can cast magic during battle when selected are Defender, casting Protect, and Stardust Rod, casting Comet.

Item magic should not be confused with consumable non-equippable items, such as Arctic Wind or Heavenly Wrath, or with weapons that cast magic when attacking with them.


Final Fantasy[]

Item magic does not consume MP or spell charges, being used from equipment pieces from the player's inventory. It does not matter if the equipment piece is equipped on the character. When the player selects it from the Item menu during battle, the weapon casts its spell on the target(s). Each item cannot be used by more than one character per turn.

Final Fantasy II[]

Spells used via equipment target all enemies. One exception exists in the NES version, where the Wizard's Staff targets a random enemy or ally, or potentially an invalid target due to the Wizard Staff bug.

Weapon Type Spell
Masamune Sword Haste XI
Wild Rose Sword Berserk XVI
Mage's Staff Staff Thunder V
Wizard's Staff Staff Scourge XVI
Stardust Rod Staff Fire XVI
Rune Axe Axe Fog III
Thunder Spear Spear Thunder XVI
Holy Lance Spear Holy VIII
Yoichi's Bow Bow Berserk III

Final Fantasy III[]

Weapon Type Spell
Air Knife Dagger Aero
Salamand Sword Sword Fire
Freezing Blade Sword Blizzard
Defender Sword Protect
Save the Queen Sword Reflect
Fire Staff Staff Fire
Ice Staff Staff Blizzard
Light Staff Staff Thunder
Golem Staff Staff Break
Rune Staff Staff Erase
Elder Staff Staff Cura
Holy Wand Staff Curaga
Fire Rod Rod Fira
Ice Rod Rod Blizzara
Light Rod Rod Thundara
Lilith Rod Rod Death
Millennium Rod Rod Blizzaga
Thunder Spear Polearm Thunder
Wind Spear Polearm Aero
Holy Lance Polearm Holy
Thor Hammer Thundara

Final Fantasy IV[]

Item magic is cast from the Item menu during battle. Weapons must be equipped to use the magic associated with them and these spells do not cost MP. Item magic can be reflected if the spell cast is normally reflectable, and can only be cast on a single target unless the spell is otherwise multi-target only. Item magic's spell names are hidden when the player uses the item; the name used is that of the name of the item which overrides whatever spell name it is using. Item magic can still be used even if the user is affected by the Silence status.

In the 3D remake versions, item magic's power increases and decreases with the modification of the Spirit and Intelligence stats. The spells are classified into either White or Black Magic. Heal, Basuna, and Poisona are considered White Magic, while Mage Arrows/Magic Arrow and Dancing Dagger are Black Magic.

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-[]

Item magic returns, their effects and spell powers remaining the same.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years[]

Item magic returns, their effects and spell powers remaining the same as its predecessors. New item magic was introduced along with new weapons.

Final Fantasy V[]

The elemental rods and the Staff of Light are consumed if used to cast a spell, while the other items are not.

Weapon Type Spell
Masamune Katana Haste
Defender Sword Protect
Wonder Wand Rod Return
Flame Rod Rod Firaga
Frost Rod Rod Blizzaga
Thunder Rod Rod Thundaga
Poison Rod Rod Bio
Staff of Light Staff Holy
Sage Staff Staff Raise
Judgment Staff Staff Dispel

Final Fantasy VI[]

Item magic appears as consumable equipment. The spell cast uses the user's Magic to calculate damage, and ignores magic defense, magic evasion, as well as the Reflect status, and does not remove Invisible due to being treated as an item when used. Item magic is vulnerable to Runic. Enemies can also use these items as they are compatible in their AI scripts, but the final product never made use of it.

Espers could have been summoned through consumable equipment, but this goes unused.

Weapon Type Spell
Flame Rod Rod Fira
Ice Rod Rod Blizzara
Thunder Rod Rod Thundara
Poison Rod Rod Poison
Gravity Rod Rod Graviga
Holy Rod Rod Holy
Flame Shield Shield Firaga
Ice Shield Shield Blizzaga
Thunder Shield Shield Thundaga

Final Fantasy Legend III[]

Item magic is cast by using specific equipment from the Item menu during battle. The item must be unequipped. These items can be used endlessly, and can even be used by multiple characters in the same round. Item magic can miss and also count as a mighty blow. Item magic can only target a single enemy.

They do damage based on the spell power and the user's Magic. The item's spell power is the same as the SP of the attack magic they cast. All classes use item magic with equal skill.

Weapon Type Spell Power Spell
Para Axe Para
CatClaw Claw Venom
Poison Claw Venom
Adamant Knife 18 Ice 1
Fire Staff 26 Fire1
X-Plane Staff 26 Aero
Thunder Staff 42 Lit 1
X-Fire Staff Erase
Fast Staff 64 Ice 2
Wall Staff Stone
SandMan Helmet Sleep
Cool Accessory 64 Ice 2
Warm Accessory 82 Fire2
Armlet Armlet Fatal

Final Fantasy Dimensions[]

Weapon Type Spell
Triton's Dagger Knife Flood
Defender Sword Protect
Healing Staff Staff Cure
Cypress Pole Staff Confuse
Earth Staff Staff Quake
Rune Staff Staff Silence
Power Staff Staff Berserk
Judgement Staff Staff Dispel
Sage's Staff Staff Raise
Zeus Mace Staff Divine Shot
Flame Rod Rod Fire
Ice Rod Rod Blizzard
Thunder Rod Rod Thunder
Poison Rod Rod Poison
Change Rod Rod Toad
Stardust Rod Rod Comet