Further decreases enemy damage and fills the ATB gauge faster when guarding.Description
Steadfast Block materia can be purchased from Chadley.
|1||0||Slightly less damage + small ATB boost|
|2||250||Less damage + medium ATB boost|
|3||Even less damage + large ATB boost|
Steadfast Block materia improves guarding, causing it to further reduce damage to up to 65%, at the same time building the user's ATB gauge. Against enemies who resist physical damage, the materia can make up for an inability to attack them by allowing characters to build their ATB gauge without attacking. Because characters guard often while not controlled by the player, it can be an effective way to increase the rate their ATB fills when not in use.
Steadfast Block materia is best on Cloud whose slow movement speed and being a melee character mean he will be guarding more often than most characters, and thus, will benefit from the boost to his guarding. There are also storyline bosses in the late game Cloud has to face/start alone, where guarding is beneficial. Barret will similarly be guarding often, due to his slower move speed, though he is normally ranged and will guard less often than Cloud. Though Tifa is a melee character, she relies more on her mobility and being able to dodge attacks.
Steadfast Block materia works well alongside Parry Materia to further increase the ATB gauge by parrying as well as by blocking attacks.