Allows you to use lightning magic.


Lightning materia is a Magic Materia Magic Materia in Final Fantasy VII Remake equipped to provide the user Lightning Lightning-elemental spells. The materia has the lightning element, meaning it can be linked with the Elemental Materia Elemental Materia to add lightning damage to attacks or resist against lightning.

Obtained[edit | edit source]

Lightning materia picked up at Mako Reactor 5.

A lightning materia is initially equipped on Barret Wallace. More can be bought from shops, first available in the Sector 7 Slums, costing 500 gil each. A lightning materia is found in Mako Reactor 5 during "Sentenced to Death", in a room where the player uses a keycard to choose which parts of the airbuster to dispose of.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Growth[edit | edit source]

Level AP required Effect
1 0 Thunder
2 300 Thundara
3 900 Thundaga

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Magic MP Effect
Thunder 5 Deal a small amount of Lightning Lightning damage.
Thundara 11 Deal a moderate amount of lightning damage.
Thundaga 22 Deal a large amount of lightning damage.

Use[edit | edit source]


Lightning materia grants three tiers of lightning-elemental spells, beginning with the base spell Thunder Thunder. After receiving AP, it unlocks more powerful spells that require greater MP use; 300 AP unlocks Thundara Thundara, and 900 AP unlocks Thundaga Thundaga. These spells are comparable in damage to spells from Fire Materia Fire Materia, Ice Materia Ice Materia, and Wind Materia Wind Materia. Equipping lightning materia increases the user's max MP by +1.

Lightning damage is effective against most machine enemies, such as Shinra robots. In cases when battling large machine enemies, such as sweeper-type enemies, it is useful to equip.


Lightning materia can be useful for spellcasting, particularly on Aerith and Cloud, who have the highest and second-highest Magic Magic attribute, respectively. Lightning spells are the only elemental spells that are guaranteed to hit, striking the target instantly upon completion of the spell and bypassing any obstacles between the caster and target. Lightning spells can hit in an area of effect, meaning that they are useful to cast on enemies that cluster together. Aerith can also benefit greatly from Magnify Materia Magnify Materia to extend the range of spells and allow them to hit multiple targets, allowing her to stay at a safe distance.

Lightning materia+elemental on a weapon.

The Elemental Materia Elemental Materia can also be paired with lightning materia to add the lightning element to equipment. This can be paired on weapons to allow a characters' normal attacks to exploit an enemy's weakness to lightning, or on armor to resist lightning damage. When used on weapons, it is especially effective on Tifa and Cloud, who have high strength attributes, to increase their damage, particularly on enemies such as Sweepers and sweeper-type robots. On armor, it can be used well in combination with the Provoke Materia Provoke Materia to greatly resist fire attacks. This is ideal on Barret who can sustain a lot of damage in battle. When paired with elemental materia on a weapon, a visual blue sparkle effect is added onto the weapon model.

The level of the player's best lightning materia is assessed for Chocobo Sam's questline in Wall Market during "The Town That Never Sleeps". When Cloud and Johnny help the chef figure out which of his appliances is working sub-optimally, lightning materia level matters for assessing the power supply.

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