Slightly fills the ATB gauge when multiple ATB commands are performed.
Obtained[edit | edit source]
Stats[edit | edit source]
|1||0||Small ATB increase when using 3 types of commands|
|2||Medium ATB increase when using 3 types of commands|
|3||750||Large ATB increase when using 3 types of commands|
Use[edit | edit source]
Skill Master materia increases the ATB gauge of a character after they execute three commands, provided said commands are different abilities (i.e. executing the same command twice will not improve it). This is beneficial for characters who use different abilities together to allow them to use their abilities more rapidly, but does not benefit characters who prefer to rely on using one ability often.
Skill Master materia is very beneficial for Tifa. This is partly because her skillset benefits most from using entirely different commands together in a combo, and partly because she has the highest Speed. The only negative for her is that she cannot take advantage of it when using Unbridled Strength twice, but using Unbridled Strength in a combo after Starshower followed by Divekick can boost her ATB gauge quickly, allowing her to move to another command in a combo, quickly building an enemy's stagger. Though Skill Master can be useful on any character in a situation where they will cycle between abilities often, they are more likely to use the same commands repeated, and have lower speed.
Skill Master materia can be used in combination with other materia that also increase characters' ATB gauges. These include First Strike Materia, ATB Stagger Materia, ATB Assist Materia, and ATB Boost Materia. By using these materia to increase the ATB gauge of one character quickly and perform different moves, Skill Master capitalizes on this further to greatly speed up the rate another ability can be used again in battle.