Summon Materia costs MP to use, and equipping any Summon Materia adds the Summon command to a characters' commands menu. However, Summon Materia is typically unique and hard to find. The player can only obtain one "fresh" version of every Summon Materia with exception to Master Summon and Phoenix (due to a programming oversight).[A] Other Summon Materia can be obtained in multiple ways, but the game will only allow the player to have one so the other methods will be removed. A player can still have multiple versions of the other Summon Materia through mastering. All Summon Materia sells for only 1 gil.
Each character's weapon has a special slot for summoning materia, so everyone can hold one summon at all times. Summons are mainly earned from Chadley's Battle Intel challenges, and can be summoned in specific battles when the requirements are met. The summon stays on the field to execute attacks expended with any party member's ATB until their time is up and they use their special attack, or until the summoner dies, or until all enemies die.
Summon Materia does see use, though only to summon Bahamut SIN, when used by Kadaj. Cloud Strife, along with the other party members of Final Fantasy VII, eventually fight and defeat Bahamut SIN during the battle in Edge.
Summon Materia appears with the various summons determining the element of the Summon attacks or having various effects.
Summon Materia are not used in battle, nor can they be equipped. Instead, acquiring a Summon Materia item adds its portrait to the Summon Mode of the Digital Mind Wave, which allows it to then summoned into battle automatically when its portrait lines up on the reels.
Other traditional summons can be acquired to the DMW, but they are acquired by collecting items other than Materia. The DMW differentiates between these two types of summons by grouping those acquired through methods other than Materia into "Chocobo Mode".
As with all DMW attacks, the power of the Summon depends on the attack level.
Genesis Rhapsodos uses various Summon Materia. He summons Bahamut and the even stronger Bahamut Fury in his first two encounters with Zack, but is also implied to have summoned the Ifrit Zack faces in Wutai.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances
Super Smash Bros. 4/Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Summon Materia appears in Smash Bros. on the Midgar stage, appearing every so often. After a brief period, they can be claimed by whoever touches them, summoning one of five beings to affect the field:
- Ifrit, who uses Hellfire to summon flames to push the stage to the side or closer to the top of the screen; unlike other summons, Ifrit uses his Final Fantasy VIII design.
- Ramuh, who uses Judgment Bolt to electrify the raised platforms on the stage and change their position.
- Odin, who uses Zantetsuken to slice the stage in two and deal massive damage to any character caught in the slice; after a while, the two halves will ram together, crushing anyone caught between them and instantly KO'ing them.
- Leviathan, who uses Tidal Wave, creating a rapid flow of water underneath the stage, sweeping characters to the left. Any characters who fall on the right side of the stage are subject to damage; if this damage brings them over 100%, they are instantly KO'd.
- Bahamut ZERO, who uses Teraflare, summoning a massive pillar of light to deal damage, as well as destroying the city in the background.
Most of these effects do not affect the player who obtained the summon materia initially. The only exceptions are the damage from being rammed into the side of the stage from Tidal Wave and being crushed when the stage returns to normal after Zantetsuken, which are gameplay mechanics and not the explicit effects of the attack.
Evocation is the act of calling upon or summoning a spirit, demon, god or other supernatural agent, in the Western mystery tradition. Comparable practices exist in many religions and magical traditions and may employ the use of mind-altering substances with and without uttered word formulas.
Materia means "matter" or "substance" in Latin, Spanish, and Italian; it also means "subject" in Italian and Spanish, and is the ascendant of Portuguese "Matéria".