Lore is Strago's ability in Final Fantasy VI and the game's form of Blue Magic. When Strago views a compatible enemy ability, he permanently learns the ability and can then select it from the Lore menu, using it against opponents.
The optional character Gogo may also use the Lore command, but is unable to learn new Lores.
Learning all Lores in the mobile/Steam 2014 version earns the An Uncommon Wizard achievement. Learning 20 Lores in the Pixel Remaster version nets the "Master Blue Mage" achievement.
Strago learns different Lores by seeing an enemy use the ability (or, in some cases, seeing Gau, Relm, or Gogo use it with either the Rage or Sketch abilities) and by surviving the battle. Unlike in other Final Fantasy games, he does not have to be hit with the spell to learn it; he just has to "see" it be cast, and as such, cannot learn a Lore when he is afflicted with KO, petrify, zombie, darkness, sleep, confuse, berserk, stop, hidden, frozen, or rage at the time the Lore is used. The battle also has to be won; if the player flees from it, the spell will not be learned. All Lores are magical.
List of Lores
In the PlayStation version, enemies that can use a Lore spell are referred to as Lore users within the Bonus menu. As such, all Lore users will be documented, regardless of Strago initially knowing Aqua Breath, Revenge Blast, and Stone. These enemies can be re-encountered on the Veldt only if they were fought once before. In versions of the game with the Soul Shrine, no Lores are missable as all enemies can be later fought in the Soul Shrine; in versions without the Soul Shrine, one Lore (Force Field, learned from Fiend) can be permanently missed.
Enemies listed do not necessarily use the Lores in their normal attack scripts; sometimes the Lores will only show up in their Rage, Sketch, Control, confused, or enticed scripts. See individual enemy pages to find out if they appear in these other scripts.
|20||Ahriman, Alluring Rider, Dark Force, Death Warden, Kaiser Dragon, Nelapa, Plague, Rest, Skull Dragon (first), Still Life, Yojimbo, Zombie Dragon||—||—|
|Inflicts Doom on a single target.|
Dooms an enemy to be KO'd in twenty seconds.
|Roulette||10||Armodullahan, Ahriman, Alluring Rider, Dark Force, Nelapa, Onion Knight, Plague||—||—|
|Randomly selects a single enemy or party member, including the caster, and inflicts Death on them.|
Spins a roulette wheel that KO's the enemy or ally on which it stops.
|30||Blue Dragon (both), Dark Force, Enuo, Kaiser Dragon, Leviathan, Master Tonberry, Omega Weapon, Ultima Buster||50||150|
|Deals Water-elemental damage to all enemies. Ignores Split Damage. |
Deluges enemies with a powerful tidal wave.
|22||Actinian, Anguiform, Blue Dragon (both), Chimera, Dark Force, Enuo, Gorgimera, Kaiser Dragon, Leviathan, Maximera, Gilgamesh, Number 024, Suriander, Ultros (Esper Caves), Vector Chimera||71||150|
Deals Water and Wind-elemental damage to all enemies.
Engulfs enemies in a stream of bubbles, dealing both wind and water damage.
|Aero||41||Dark Force, Deathgaze, Demon, Gilgamesh, Gorgimera, Kaiser Dragon, Magic Dragon, Marchosias, Omega Weapon, Sprinter, Storm Dragon (both), Tyrannosaur, Vasegiatta||125||150|
|Deals Wind-elemental damage to all enemies.|
Creates a crushing gravitational vortex around enemies.
|50||Angler Whelk (shell), Brainpan, Cactuar, Dark Force, Face, Gigantuar, Gilgamesh, Humbaba (all four), Mover, Samurai Soul||—||—|
|Deals exactly 1000 damage to a single target. Ignores defense.|
Shoots tiny needles at an enemy, dealing 1000 damage.
|80||Dark Behemoth, Guardian (Kefka's Tower), Land Ray, Mover||—||—|
|Casts Protect and Shell on the party.|
Casts Protect and Shell on all allies.
|31||Dark Force, Dragon, Garm, Gigantos, Gilgamesh, Glasya Labolas, Kaiser Dragon, Pandora||—||—|
Deals damage to a single enemy equal to the caster's maximum HP minus their current HP.
Deals damage to an enemy equal to the caster's current amount of HP loss.
|45||Curlax, Dark Force, Kamui, Lady, Magic Dragon, Marchosias, Neslug, Peeper, Sprinter, Storm Dragon (first), Vector Lythos, Venobennu||—||—|
|Heals all party members including the caster by an amount of HP equal to the caster's HP.|
Restores all allies' HP by an amount equal to the caster's current HP.
|22||Armodullahan, Apocrypha, Daedalus, Dark Force, Death Machine, Deathgaze, Devil, Duel Armor, Omega Weapon, Skull Dragon (second), Trapper||—||5|
|Inflicts Death on all enemies with a level that is a multiple of 5. See here for a list of enemies that can be killed with it.|
Casts Death on enemies whose levels are divisible by 5.
|42||Apocrypha, Dark Force, Devil, Duel Armor, Magic Dragon, Magna Roader (Brown), Omega Weapon, Red Dragon (first), Trapper||—||4|
|Deals non-elemental damage to all enemies with a level that is a multiple of 4. Ignores Split Damage. |
Casts Flare on enemies whose levels are divisible by 4.
|28||Apocrypha, Dante, Dark Force, Devil, Magic Dragon, Omega Weapon, Trapper, Ultros (Opera House)||—||3|
|Inflicts Confuse on all enemies with a level that is a multiple of 3.|
Casts Confuse on enemies whose levels are divisible by 3.
|Reflect???||0||Dark Force, Daedalus, Dullahan, Kaiser Dragon, Zurvan||—||—|
|Inflicts Blind, Slow, and Silence on all enemies with the Reflect status.|
Inflicts various status ailments on enemies protected by Reflect.
|50||Alluring Rider, Dark Force, Dullahan, InnoSent, Kaiser Dragon, Magic Dragon, Omega Weapon, Red Dragon (first)||120||—|
|Deals Holy-elemental damage to all enemies with a level that is a multiple of the last digit of the party's current gil. Ignores Split Damage. |
Casts Holy on enemies whose levels are divisible by ?.
|Varies MP cost is elapsed playtime divided by 30||Brachiosaur, Crawler, Dark Force, Fafnir, Intangir, Master Tonberry, Onion Dasher, Tonberry, Unseelie||—||—|
|Deals damage to a single target equal to the number of steps taken throughout the game divided by thirty-two. The MP cost for character casters is (total minutes played) / 30 , and for enemy casters is 1.|
Deals damage to an enemy equal to 1/32 of the party's total steps taken.
|Chooses a random element and nullifies all attacks of that element, regardless of the user. Attacks with more than one element are unaffected, unless all the attack's elements are nullified.|
Constructs a magic barrier that negates damage of a random element.
|Dischord||68||Chaser, Crawler, Dark Force, Figaro Lizard, Gamma, Gilgamesh, Kefka (Sealed Gate), Lizard, Metal Hitman, Omega Weapon, Satellite||—||100|
|Halves a single target's level, reducing its stats. Fails on targets immune to Death.|
Unleashes sound waves of a special frequency that halve an enemy's level.
|32||Dark Force, Great Malboro, Malboro, Malboro Menace||—||100|
|Inflicts Blind, Poison, Imp, Confuse, Sleep, and Silence on a single target.|
Spews foul breath that inflicts various status ailments on enemies.
|1||Intangir, Junk, Mousse||—||—|
|Restores a single ally to full HP and MP and cures all status ailments, but removes the caster from battle.|
Fully heals an ally at the cost of the caster's own life and all MP.
|Rippler||66||Blue Dragon (both), Dark Force, Gigantoad, Leap Frog||—||111|
|The target and the caster exchange all positive and negative statuses. Fails on targets immune to Imp. Cause of the Rippler bug.|
Exchanges an enemy's status effects with those of the caster.
|Stone||22||Dark Force, Gilgamesh, Guardian (Kefka's Tower), Iron Fist, Knotty, Purusa, Ultros (Esper Caves), Valeor, Zaghrem||40||75|
Deals non-elemental damage to one or more targets and inflicts Confuse on them. Deals eight times as much damage on targets the same level as the caster.
Throws stones at enemies, dealing damage and inflicting confusion.
|Quasar||50||Dark Force, Gilgamesh, Goddess||57||—|
|Deals non-elemental damage to all enemies. Ignores defense.|
Calls down debris from outer space, dealing massive damage to all enemies.
|64||Hidon, Omega Weapon||84||—|
|Deals non-elemental damage to all enemies. Ignores defense.|
Creates a triangular energy field that deals massive damage to all enemies.
|1||Balloon, Bandit, Bomb, Dark Force, Gamma, Grenade, Junk, Onion Knight, Wartpuck||—||—|
|The caster kills themself and deals non-elemental damage equal to their HP to a single enemy.|
Deals damage to an enemy at the cost of the caster's own life.
Strago's Lores appear in some spin-off games, often as abilities used by him.
- Discontinued mobile/Steam
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