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Reduces the target's HP to 1.


Matra Magic is a Blu Mag spell for Quina in Final Fantasy IX that attempts to reduce one target's HP to 1 at a cost of 8 MP, but rarely succeeds. Matra Magic cannot be reflected but works with Return Magic. Armstrong uses it against the player party.


Quina learns Matra Magic by eating a Trick Sparrow, Dragonfly, Zaghnol, Ogre, Land Worm, or Armstrong. The earliest it can be learned is by recruiting Quina before heading to Cleyra's Trunk and eating a Dragonfly therein.


Matra Magic attempts to reduce a non-Heavy enemy's HP to 1, but has poor accuracy.

The chance of the Matra Magic spell working is calculated as follows:

Two randomly generated values determine if the spell will hit:

A random number 0...99 >= Chance, the spell misses its mark
A random number 0...99 < Target's Magic Evade, the enemy evades

Matra Magic fails on bosses, bar Earth Guardian.


Matra Magic makes it easy for Quina to eat an enemy on their next turn should it work, but it has the lowest hit chance of all of Quina's Blue Magic spells. Therefore, it is usually not worth wasting a turn in the gamble. Alternative use could be on Quina themself to set them up for using Limit Glove, which deals 9999 HP when Quina is on 1 HP.


The French automotive and aerospace company Matra developed the infrared-seeking R.550 Magic missile for use on the Assault Mirage series of tactical fighter jets.