Single slot. Ramuh is a Summon Materia in Final Fantasy VII. It summons Ramuh, who performs Judgement Bolt, a Lightning-elemental attack that damages all enemies.

The Ramuh Materia has the Lightning element, which can be linked with the Support Materia Elemental.

Obtained[edit | edit source]

The Ramuh Materia is found in the Gold Saucer, picked up in the Chocobo Jockey Room after Barret defeats Dyne. It is permanently missed if the player does not pick it up then.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Growth[edit | edit source]

See the Summon sequence here.
Level AP required
1 0
2 10000
3 25000
4 50000
4 70000

Ability[edit | edit source]

Ability MP cost Power Effect
Judgement Bolt 40 30 Lightning-elemental damage to all enemies.

Use[edit | edit source]

Judgement Bolt.

Summoning Ramuh costs 40 MP, and performs Judgement Bolt dealing Lightning-elemental damage at 1.875x the base magic damage to all enemies, which cannot be reflected. This attack is very powerful early on, especially against enemies weak to Lightning, but is costly in MP. Ramuh's damage is outclassed later on.

The Ramuh Materia has small stat changes of -2% HP, but +2% MP and +1 Magic. These changes are small enough to not be too detrimental to physical attacking characters, and are the same as those from the Lightning Materia with no Strength penalty. This makes Ramuh a great Materia to link with the Elemental Materia on a weapon to cause physical attacks to deal Lightning damage, or to armor to grant resistance to, immunity to, or absorption to Lightning damage based on the level. If used on weapons, it is a great choice for characters geared towards physical attacks with a higher Strength: Cloud, Barret, Tifa, and Cid.

Ramuh is the only purely Lightning-elemental summon. In terms of pure damage, he is outclassed by Bolt3, which though should be paired with Support Materia for maximum usefulness. Kujata and Typhon also deal greater Lightning-elemental damage than Ramuh, but is mixed in with other elements, meaning enemies weak to Lightning may still resist the other elements.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Ramuh could be based on Lahmu, who is often portrayed as a bearded man with a red sash and four to six curls on his head. Ramuh could also be loosely based on an epic Hindu poem, written by Valmiki, called Ramayana. Its protagonist is Raama (also spelled Rama), said to have been the incarnation of the Hindu god, Vishnu. The name Ramuh could be an amalgam of Raama and Vishnu.

In the Final Fantasy series, Ramuh is an old, bearded sage with a staff who casts thunder magic. He could be based on the king Ra-mu of a supposedly sunken continent, Mu. The element of lightning could come from the Hebrew word רעם (rá'am), meaning thunder, or thunderclap. His previous name, Indra, is the name of the king of the Devas in Hindu mythology, the god of rain, lightning, and storms.

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