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Slot is Selphie's Limit Break in Final Fantasy VIII that selects a spell and the amount of times it will be cast using a process based on Selphie's level, Crisis Level and a random factor. Targets are selected at random. Slot does not use up stocked magic. If an undesirable spell comes up, the player can "do over", and the process is repeated to select another spell. The player can do over infinitely, but the battle will continue even if the player has set the ATB Mode to "Wait" in the config menu.

As it is random whether the player ends up with good spell combinations or not, they can equip the Defend command to Selphie when fighting strong enemies that use only physical attacks, such as T-Rexaur and Wendigo. While in HP Critical they can put up the Defend command making Selphie immune to physical damage. The effect won't wear off until the next command is chosen, so on her next turn, Selphie is free to shuffle through Slot for as long as is needed.

Mechanics Edit

To calculate the Slot Level:

$ Slot Level = Level / 10 + Crisis Level + [0..4] - 1 $[1]

While the player can influence the Slot Level via Selphie's level and her Crisis Level, the next step, Slot Mod, is random.

Slot Mod Chance
0 39/256 15.2%
1 120/256 47.9%
2 50/256 19.5%
3 40/256 15.6%
4 7/256 2.7%
$ SpellSet Value = Slot Mod * 12 + Slot Level $

The game has a list that determines which SpellSet is used depending on the SpellSet's value.

SpellSet value 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
00-09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10-19 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
20-29 2 2 3 4 9 9 9 10 10 11
30-39 11 12 12 13 13 14 0 0 1 1
40-49 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 0 1
50-59 2 15 3 4 5 6 7 8 8 15
60-65 1 2 4 2 7 2

E.g., SpellSet# = 35 would get Set 14

After the set is selected, the game picks a spell from the set, which is what Selphie is able to cast. The numbers are maximum amount of casts; the actual amount of casts is anything between one and the maximum.

Spells in each Set:[1]

Set 0 Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Set 6 Set 7
2 Fire 2 Blizzard 2 Thunder 2 Cure 3 Fire 3 Blizzard 3 Thunder 1 Full-Cure
2 Fira 2 Blizzara 2 Thundara 1 Cura 3 Cura 3 Blizzara 3 Thundara 1 Full-Cure
2 Firaga 2 Blizzaga 2 Thundaga 1 Curaga 3 Firaga 3 Blizzaga 3 Thundaga 1 Wall
3 Water 3 Aero 2 Bio 1 Full-Cure 3 Firaga 3 Blizzaga 3 Thundaga 1 Rapture
3 Water 3 Aero 3 Bio 3 Demi 2 Holy 2 Flare 1 Quake 1 Rapture
3 Bio 3 Demi 2 Holy 2 Flare 2 Meteor 1 Quake 1 Tornado 1 Rapture
3 Demi 3 Holy 2 Flare 1 Meteor 1 Quake 1 Tornado 1 Ultima 1 Rapture
3 Holy 2 Flare 1 Meteor 2 Quake 1 Tornado 2 Ultima 1 Rapture 2 Tornado
Set 8 Set 9 Set 10 Set 11 Set 12 Set 13 Set 14 Set 15
2 Meteor 3 Holy 1 Ultima 2 Ultima 1 Ultima 2 Ultima 2 Ultima 2 Ultima
3 Blind 3 Sleep 3 Silence 3 Esuna 3 Blind 3 Sleep 3 Silence 1 Full-Cure
3 Protect 3 Aura 3 Haste 3 Drain 3 Blind 3 Sleep 3 Silence 1 Full-Cure
3 Break 3 Float 3 Regen 3 Protect 3 Aura 3 Haste 2 Drain 1 Wall
3 Dispel 3 Shell 3 Double 3 Slow 3 Break 3 Confuse 3 Curaga 1 Wall
3 Death 3 Pain 3 Stop 3 Dispel 3 Shell 3 Double 3 Slow 1 Rapture
3 Berserk 3 Death 3 Pain 3 Zombie 3 Meltdown 3 Curaga 3 Reflect 3 Triple
3 Holy 2 Meteor 1 Ultima 2 Ultima 3 Meteor 2 Ultima 3 Ultima 1 The End

Unique spells Edit

While most abilities are standard spells the player can cast normally, there are four spells which are unique to Slot. These spells can only be cast once per Slot usage.

Slot Description Image
Full-cure Fully restores the party's HP and removes all status effects. Selphiefullcure
Wall Casts Protect and Shell on the party, regardless of Crisis Level. Essentially a weaker version of Mighty Guard. Selphiewall
Rapture Wings appear on the enemies' backs and immediately dispatch them from the battlefield. When the game checks if Rapture was successful, it checks against enemies' immunity to the "eject" status, thus it does not work on all enemies and never on bosses. Grat, Vysage, Lefty, Righty, Cactuar, Tonberry, Esthar Soldier (Terminator), UFO?, and PuPu are regular enemies immune to this spell. Selphierapture
The End Destroys almost any enemy, including Omega Weapon; the final boss can also be affected and will move onto the next battle stage when being hit by The End. However, the spell will fail on the undead. During battles with multiple phases (Biggs before Wedge shows up, X-ATM092's repairs, Ultimecia's final speech), it will only end one phase of the battle. Selphietheend

Further diving into the game code reveals two other spells specific to Selphie, Percent (a reduce-HP-to-1 move similar to Matra Magic), and Catastrophe (major damage to all enemies). These two spells were removed from Selphie's spell list in the final build of Final Fantasy VIII, but can be found via third-party data exploitation programs, although they just use Fire's spell animation.

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade Edit

Selphie uses her exclusive Slot Limit Break spells.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper Edit

Selphie can use her Slot Limit Break abilities.

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera OmniaEdit

Selphie is able to use her Slot Limit Break abilities.

ReferencesEdit

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