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                                 Final Fantasy 1 (NES)
                                       Magic FAQ
                                    April 23, 2009
                                     Version 1.3
                               Written by:  Dan Simpson
                                    Email:  dsimpson.faqs@gmail.com
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     I am writing this FAQ because in the game Final Fantasy you have to pick
     not only your character classes, each of which can cast different spells (or
     not at all), but you also have to choose which spells to get, and which not
     to get.  So, I wanted to organize the spell information in such a way that
     it was easy to discover which spell you should buy, and which you should
     This FAQ looks best in Courier New at about 9 points.
     This Document is Copyright 2000-2009 by Dan Simpson
     Final Fantasy is Copyright 1987 by Square
     I am not affiliated with Square or anyone who had anything to do with the
     creation of this game.  This FAQ may be posted on any site so long as
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    First, the magic spells sorted by level.
         Classes Key: (pre-Upgraded classes are in lowercase, Upgraded classes are
                      in UPPER case.)
           K  -- Knight           bm -- Black Mage
           rm -- Red Mage         BW -- Black Wizard
           RW -- Red Wizard       N  -- Ninja
           wm -- White Mage
           WW -- White Wizard
      White Magic:
          CURE        K   rm  RW  wm  WW    Restores 16-32 HPs to one Char
          FOG         K   rm  RW  wm  WW    Increases one Char's absorb by +8
          HARM                    wm  WW    Harms all undead enemies for 20-80 dmg
          RUSE        K       RW  wm  WW    Caster's Evade increased +80
          ALIT        K   rm  RW  wm  WW    Protects whole party from Lit damage
          INVS        K   rm  RW  wm  WW    Increases one Char's Evade +40
          LAMP        K   rm  RW  wm  WW    Cures Dark on one Char
          MUTE        K   rm  RW  wm  WW    Prevents all enemies from spellcasting
          AFIR        K   rm  RW  wm  WW    Protects whole party from Fire damage
          CUR2        K   rm  RW  wm  WW    Restores 32-64 HPs to one Char
          HEAL                    wm  WW    Restores 12-24 HPs to all Chars
          HRM2                    wm  WW    "Harm"s all undead for 40-160 damage
          AICE            rm  RW  wm  WW    Protects whole party from Ice damage
          AMUT                RW  wm  WW    Cures one Char's mute
          FEAR                    wm  WW    Makes enemies run away
          PURE            rm  RW  wm  WW    Cures one Char's poison
          CUR3            rm  RW  wm  WW    Restores 64-128 HPs to one Char
          HEL2                    wm  WW    Restores 24-48 HPs to all Chars, bugged
                                            and if cast in battle will act as HEL3
          HRM3                    wm  WW    "Harm"s all undead for 60-240 damage
          LIFE                RW  wm  WW    Resurrects one Char, but with only 1 HP
          EXIT                RW      WW    Exits the dungeon
          FOG2                RW  wm  WW    Increases party's Absorb rating by 12
          INV2                RW  wm  WW    Increases party's Evade +40
          SOFT                    wm  WW    Cures one Character's stone
          ARUB                RW  wm  WW    Protects party from RUB,XXXX,SQUINT
          CUR4                        WW    Restores all HPs to one Character, and
                                            removes all status effects except Stone
          HEL3                    wm  WW    Restores 48-96 HPs to party
          HRM4                        WW    "Harm"s all undead for 80-320 damage
          FADE                        WW    Damages all enemies for 80-320
          LIF2                        WW    Resurrects one Char with full HPs
          WALL                        WW    Protects all Chars against all magics
          XFER                        WW    Removes one enemies special Defenses***
      Black Magic:
          FIRE        N  rm  RW  bm  BW     Hits one enemy for 10-40 dmg (Fire)
          LIT         N  rm  RW  bm  BW     Hits one enemy for 10-40 dmg (Lit)
          LOCK        N  rm  RW  bm  BW     Is meant to reduce enemies evade*
          SLEP        N  rm  RW  bm  BW     Puts all enemies to sleep
          DARK        N  rm  RW  bm  BW     Blinds all enemies
          ICE         N  rm  RW  bm  BW     Hits one enemy for 20-80 dmg (Ice)
          SLOW        N  rm  RW  bm  BW     Cuts all enemies hits in half
          TMPR        N  rm  RW  bm  BW     Is meant to increase one Char's dmg*
          FIR2        N  rm  RW  bm  BW     Hits all enemies for 30-120 dmg (Fire)
          HOLD        N  rm  RW  bm  BW     Holds one enemy (Paralyze)
          LIT2        N  rm  RW  bm  BW     Hits all enemies for 30-120 dmg (Lit)
          LOK2        N  rm  RW  bm  BW     Is meant to reduce enemies evade*
          CONF        N  rm  RW  bm  BW     All enemies attack each other
          FAST        N  rm  RW  bm  BW     Increases one Char's hits by 2x
          ICE2        N  rm  RW  bm  BW     Hits all enemies for 40-160 dmg (Ice)
          SLP2        N  rm  RW  bm  BW     Causes 1 enemy to sleep, higher chance
                                            for spell to hit than SLEP
          BANE               RW  bm  BW     Chance to kill all enemies
          FIR3           rm  RW  bm  BW     Hits all enemies for 50-200 dmg (Fire)
          SLO2           rm  RW  bm  BW     Same as SLOW, but higher chance to hit
          WARP               RW      BW     Warp up one level in a dungeon
          LIT3               RW  bm  BW     Hits all enemies for 60-240 dmg (Lit)
          QAKE                   bm  BW     Kills all enemies
          RUB                    bm  BW     Rubs out (Kills) one enemy
          STUN                   bm  BW     Stuns an enemy (basically a Big HOLD)**
          BLND                   bm  BW     Blinds 1 enemy**
          BRAK                       BW     Kills one enemy
          ICE3               RW  bm  BW     Hits all enemies for 70-280 dmg (Ice)
          SABR                       BW     Is meant to Improve one Char's DMG and
          NUKE                       BW     Hits all enemies for 100-400 dmg, non-
                                            elemental, can't be resisted
          STOP                       BW     Holds all enemies
          XXXX                       BW     Kills one enemy**
          ZAP!                       BW     Kills all enemies
      *   Indicates the spell is bugged, and doesn't work as described.
      **  Indicates the spell is guaranteed to succeed if the enemy has 300 hp or
      *** Indicates that the spell works for monsters when they cast it on you, but
          not when you cast it on them.
    Now to Comment on all the Magics!  After each spell is listed will be a number,
    that number is the Rank of the spell within its spell level.  For example, CURE
    is rated 1 in Level 1, so that spell is the first that you should get.  Each
    level has an Unrated spell, that's the one to avoid.  That doesn't mean that
    it's a bad spell, just that the others are better!  Finally, two spells can be
    unrated, which means that you can take your pick of which useless (well..) spell
    to buy.  Or buy neither.
      White Magic:
          CURE     1      |    Both Cure and Harm are spells that should not be
          FOG             |    passed up, as they keep you alive!  Fog and Ruse
          HARM     2      |    both accomplish much the same thing, so take your
          RUSE            |    pick.
      2:                  |
          ALIT     1      |    Alit is first here as it will sometimes dramatically
          INVS     2      |    reduce damage taken from lightning, and is very
          LAMP            |    useful.  Invs helps your people dodge attacks, and
          MUTE     3      |    Mute prevents the enemy from casting magics.
      3:                  |
          AFIR     3      |    Although Heal is a nice spell to have, the Heal
          CUR2     1      |    Staff can do the same thing, so you don't need it.
          HEAL            |    Besides, Heal doesn't help out that much in battle,
          HRM2     2      |    and it's completely useless in the field.
      4:                  |
          AICE     2      |    Pure will help you cut back on BUYING Pures, which
          AMUT     3      |    you will need a lot of around the Marsh Cave.  I
          FEAR            |    avoid Fear as I don't want the Enemy to Run Away!
          PURE     1      |    (and when I do, the spell doesn't work anyway)
                          |    On the other hand... For the same amount of money as
                          |    buying PURE once, you can buy 53 PURE potions, more
                          |    than you will probably ever use - and have 25 gold
                          |    left over! -- Luke Somers
      5:                  |
          CUR3     2      |    Consider picking up Hel2 here as it does pretty much
          HEL2            |    the same thing as Hel3!  This bug only works in
          HRM3     3      |    battle. Why skip Hrm3?  Well that's the question you
          LIFE     1      |    have to answer yourself!  To me, I just didn't need
                          |    that many different Harms.
      6:                  |
          EXIT     1      |    Exit is the most useful spell in the game, IMHO.
          FOG2            |    Soft is very necessary if you don't want to shell
          INV2            |    out 800 for the item Soft.  It's a tossup between
          SOFT     2      |    Fog2 and Inv2, I chose Inv2. (though it should be
                          |    noted that the White Shirt casts Inv2)
      7:                  |
          ARUB            |    Skip Arub, and equip everyone with ProRings instead,
          CUR4     1      |    has the same effect, plus it's ALWAYS working!
          HEL3     3      |
          HRM4     2      |
      8:                  |
          FADE            |    Lif2 and Wall are the only 2 you need here.  Unless
          LIF2     1      |    you do some serious leveling up, this level won't
          WALL     2      |    matter too much as you could only cast a spell here
          XFER            |    twice before running out.
      Black Magic:
          FIRE     1      |    Fire and Lit are just too useful to pass up,
          LIT      2      |    especially this early in the game.  Sleep can work
          LOCK            |    great when you are facing a lot of semi-weak foes.
          SLEP     3      |    Lock is bugged, don't use it.
      2:                  |
          DARK            |    Ice is great as it's another attack spell, and it's
          ICE      1      |    not on the same level as Lit or Fire.  Slow is also
          SLOW     2      |    nice to use on enemies as they'll be less deadly to
          TMPR            |    your party.  TMPR is bugged and doesn't work; and
                          |    Dark is fairly useless.
      3:                  |
          FIR2     1      |    Again we go with the two elemental spells, Fir2 and
          HOLD     3      |    Lit2.  Hold is a surprisingly effective spell as I
          LIT2     2      |    have had it work against some strong enemies, such
          LOK2            |    as Kary the Fire Fiend. LOK2 is even more bugged
                          |    than LOCK, don't use it.
      4:                  |
          CONF            |    Ice2 and Fast are useful spells to have.  Conf is a
          FAST     2      |    good spell as well, but you can cast it for free
          ICE2     1      |    with the Wizard Staff.  Slp2 would be more useful,
          SLP2            |    but then by the time you get it, most enemies are
                          |    fairly immune to it!
      5:                  |
          BANE            |    Continuing on with the Elemental Attack spells, we
          FIR3     1      |    get Fir3.  Warp is a useful spell (though not so
          SLO2            |    much as Exit).  Bane is a nice spell as it has the
          WARP     2      |    chance to kill all enemies, but the Bane Sword does
                          |    the same.  Slo2 isn't effective enough to be useful.
      6:                  |
          LIT3     1      |    All the spells here are attack spells, Lit3, Qake,
          QAKE     3      |    and Rub.  Nothing much to say.
          RUB      2      |
          STUN            |
      7:                  |
          BLND            |    Ice3 is the only crucial spell to get here, the rest
          BRAK            |    is up to you. SABR is bugged and doesn't work.
          ICE3     1      |
          SABR            |
      8:                  |
          NUKE     1      |    Be sure to get Nuke, the most powerful magical, non-
          STOP     2      |    Elemental Attack, and Stop, which stops the enemies
          XXXX            |    from moving.
          ZAP!            |
                                    Final Words...
    Some information (Such as specific numbers in Spell Descriptions) from Ben
    Siron's wonderful FF1 Handbook, which can also be found at GameFAQs.
    Online Resources:
      Luke Somers for a change in RUSE, and some additions elsewhere
      Sixth Flying Man for a correction on SLP2
      Diamond_Dragon for sending in corrections, and notes on which spells are
    Shameless Self Promotion:
      I am Dan Simpson (dsimpson.faqs@gmail.com) and have also written FAQs for:
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                  Final Fantasy -- Magic FAQ
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                  Utopia: Creation of a Nation
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                                -- Forging/Dating FAQ
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                                                      -- Influence Guide
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                  Baldur's Gate & Tales of the Sword Coast -- FAQ/Walkthrough
                                                              NPC List
                                                              Creature List
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                                                     -- Items List
                                                     -- Class FAQ
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                  Civilization III (incomplete)
                  Colonization -- the Single Colony Strategy Guide
                               -- the Cheat Guide
                  Drakan: Order of the Flame
                  Dungeon Hack
                  Icewind Dale & Heart of Winter -- FAQ/Walkthrough
                                                    Items List
                                                    Kresselack's Tomb Map (JPG)
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                  Icewind Dale II                -- Items List
                  Master of Magic (revision)
                  Pharaoh (currently being edited by Red Phoenix)
                  Planescape: Torment  -- FAQ/Walkthrough
                                          Items Listing
                  Rollercoaster Tycoon
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                  The Sims
                  Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar
                  Ultima 7: The Black Gate
                  Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent Isle
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    Version History:
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      Small but very important format changes!
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      Added some information from Luke Somers
      Other Small Changes
      Version 1.11  January 17, 2005  17k
        Changed my email address and some minor format changes.
      Version 1.12  April 18, 2009  17k
        Sixth Flying Man corrects that SLP2 only makes 1 enemy sleep longer.
      Version 1.2  April 22, 2009  18k
        Diamond_Dragon sent in some corrections, and some notes on various bugged
      Version 1.3  April 23, 2009  18k
        Some additional corrections sent in by Diamond_Dragon.
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    This Document is Copyright 2000-2009 by Dan Simpson
    Final Fantasy is Copyright 1987 by Square
    I am not affiliated with Square or anyone who had anything to do with the
    creation of this game. This FAQ may be posted on any site so long as NOTHING
    IS CHANGED and you EMAIL ME telling me that you are posting it. You may not
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