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Various Materia in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

Materia (マテリア, Materia?) is a recurring term and set of items in the Final Fantasy series that is typically associated with stat boosts and abilities, or in some cases, is used as a plot device. Materia is typically crafted into the equipment of the users, and used for boosting their performance. It originates from Final Fantasy VII.


Final Fantasy VIIEdit

FFVII Materia Menu 4

Materia menu.

Materia is both a major plot device and the basis for the game's skill system. Divided into several sets—Magic, Command, Summon, Support and Independent Materia—the Materia equipped to party members allows them to use new command or support abilities, and also affects stats. Either the Materia provides percentage-based stat boosts, or it can lower some stats while boosting others in the case of Magic and Summon Materia. Materia can be swapped between party members. Materia placed in linked slots in equipment with a Support Materia grants additional effects to the skills in the paired Materia. Materia grows by gaining AP from battle.

Materia would go on to be a key recurring feature in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.

Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

Materia is obtained by taking photos with the cellphone and converting the images into Materia. The color of the photo in question determines the type of Materia obtained.

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Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

The sole playable character Zack has limited Materia slots and Summon Materia can only be utilized via the Digital Mind Wave system. As a SOLDIER, Zack can make use of the Materia Fusion system provided by his employer, the Shinra Electric Power Company, to create unique Materia and grant stat boosts to them.

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Final Fantasy VII: Advent ChildrenEdit

People have stopped using Materia, but Cloud Strife keeps a chest of Materia at the Sector 5 Church until they are stolen by the Remnants of Sephiroth, who implant the Materia into their bodies to boost their battle capabilities. Kadaj also uses a Materia to summon Bahamut SIN.

The color of Materia do not correspond to the colors seen in the Final Fantasy VII related games, indicating the coloring system in the games is mainly for gameplay purposes.

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

Vincent can use spells by equipping his firearms with Magic Materia, and the spells can be powered up by using Materia Boosters.

The Protomateria lets the holder tap into the power of Chaos and Omega and is an important item for Vincent, Lucrecia, and the Tsviets.

Final Fantasy VII G-BikeEdit

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Final Fantasy XIVEdit

FFXIV Materia Tiers

Materia stages.

Materia was a crafting system introduced in the original Final Fantasy XIV early, but made a bigger return with an overhaul in A Realm Reborn. It functions very differently from Materia in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, as it does not provide any command abilities and is strictly stat boosts, in addition to being acquired differently. It allows the players to upgrade equipment by converting undesired equipment into Materia. The user must have achieved a full spiritbond with the equipment before. Any crafting class can then meld the Materia with another piece of equipment to boost its stats.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

The Materia Blade is a weapon usable by Cloud Strife. Some Materia are also found as artefacts. Both instances are allusions to Final Fantasy VII.

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

Cloud's Crystal is a Materia orb.

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Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

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Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera OmniaEdit

Yuffie stole a Materia on Tifa's glove in Chapter 1. According to Tifa, the Materia are not functioning in the world of Opera Omnia.

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

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Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit

Ehrgeiz: God Bless the RingEdit

Materia appears as equippable items which serves as magic within the Forsaken Dungeon. There are ten materia in total; Fire, Ice, Thunder, Flare, Freeze, Trine, Quake, Meteor, Ultima, and Holy. Materia can be equipped as Basic Magic or Ultra Magic, Basic Magic attacks are different from the Ultra Magic attacks, Basic Magic is single target while Ultra Magic targets all enemies. Basic Magic consume one Magic Stone to use while Ultra Magic consume three Magic Stones. If the user is equip a rod or staff weapon type, the time is reduce for using an Ultra Magic spell and these spells will only consume two Magic Stones instead of three.

Other mediaEdit

Dead FantasyEdit

Hitomi defeats Tifa

Hitomi defeats Tifa as she expels most of her Materia on her body in Dead Fantasy III.

Tifa Lockhart carries several Materia within her arms and legs, including the White Materia. She casts offensive spells from them, such as Fire, Gravity, Quake, Ultima, Thunder and Blizzard, and supporting spells, such as Protect, Haste, Stop, Blind and Poison. She also has another Materia that can boost her stats and speed until in Dead Fantasy III, all of Tifa's Materia are stolen by Hitomi.

The Materia appear as different colored glowing spheres attached on Tifa's arms and legs, and have different colors as seen in the movie. Tifa's Materia are Red/Orange (Fire), Green/Yellow (Quake), Green (Poison), Yellow (Blind), Pink (boosts stats and speed), White/Blue (Thunder), Light Blue (Blizzard), Light Green (Ultima), Black (Gravity) Pale Yellow (Haste), Pale Blue (Protect) and White (Stop).

In Dead Fantasy V, after Hitomi steals most of Tifa's Materia in their battle, Hitomi carries six Materia, such as Stop, Blizzard, Quake, Poison, Boost Stats and Speed, and the White Materia. Later, she shows the glowing White Materia to Helena Douglas.


Materia means "matter" or "substance" in Latin, Spanish and Italian; it also means "subject" in Italian and Spanish, and is the ascendant of Portuguese "Matéria".

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