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    Final Fantasy 4 Magic FAQ
    Version 2.0 (1/4/2001)
    by Bob the Almighty (bob_the_almighty@hotmail.com)
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    Table of Contents:
      I.) Date/Version History
     II.) Intro
    III.) Ramblings of an Idiot
     IV.) Spell Descriptions
      V.) Spell List for Final Party
     VI.) Disclaimer
    VII.) Credits/Thanks
    
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    I.) DATE/VERSION HISTORY
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    Version 2.0
       Another patch another update. =)
       In October 2000, J2E (www.j2etranslations.com) released their final version of
       their FF4 Hard-type translation.  Some of the names have been changed to their more
       'traditional' FF names (that is 'Cure' instead of 'Keal'), so I figured that I might
       as well make an update.  I'll keep both translation versions names for those of you
       still playing the original patch.  I also changed the layout a bit.  In the first
       version I had the 'Spell list for the ending characters' section BEFORE the 'Spell
       Description' part, which didn't make sense when you looked read it.  Also the FAQ
       more than *doubled* in size!  How the heck that happened is beyond me...
    
    Version 1.0 (September 27,1999)
       I created this FAQ. As of 9/27/99, it had a complete listing of magic for
       the final class (Cecil, Cain, Edge, Rosa, and Rydia), and a complete of all
       spells (white, black, ninjitsu, and summon). it had the levels in which the
       final party learned their spells, or where they learned their spells. Finally,
       for added comfort, I included the American version spell names and the MP each
       spell costs...I think it's pretty complete.
    
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    II.) INTRO
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    This FAQ was written for one of my favorite games of all time, if not my
    favorite game of all time....Final Fantasy IV. We, the Western World,
    probably know this game as Final Fantasy II, because Square of America
    released it as Final Fantasy II. But in reality, it was the forth installment
    of the series. Anyway, Square did a crappy job of translating it, but luckily,
    a translation group known as J2e got a copy of the original Japanese version and
    did a wonderful job of translating it. Anyway this FAQ is mainly about Final
    Fantasy IV's magic system. Those of you familiar with Final Fantasy II probably
    noticed some of the spell names are different and the levels which you receive
    them are higher too (this makes for a more challenging game). So I wrote this FAQ
    to list the J2e's translated spell names, as well as the required level to learn
    the spell, since they are a bit higher than what you may be used too.
    
    I wrote this FAQ myself, it's not much I know, but it did require effort (not a lot
    though), so please don't steal from it. I do not care if you post it on your site
    or whatever, but please keep it unchanged. I could care less if you download it and
    change it, just don't upload a revised version. Send email to me or ICQ me (both
    found below), I gladly accept comments, question, corrections, and flames. Also, please
    do not sell this FAQ for money, because I wrote it, not you.
    
    It's worth noting that this document is best viewed with Notepad at a 800 x 600
    resolution.  It's also worth noting that I'm not very good when it comes to writing
    FAQs, so if there's one of those damn long-ass scroll bars at the bottom of the file,
    just use the 'Word Wrap' option in Notepad to get it to look right.
    
    Legal Stuff...
     This FAQ <!---Copyright 1999 Bob The Almighty---!>
     Final Fantasy 2/4 <!---Copyright 1991 Square---!>
    
            email- bob_the_almighty@hotmail.com     ICQ- 39079420
    
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    III.) RAMBLINGS OF AN IDIOT
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    Wow... hard to believe it's been over a year since I first wrote this - you got it, I'm
    going to ramble on for a bit about a bunch of crap that most people could less about.
    You wouldn't believe how many people I have met through this FAQ (and how many FF4
    questions at that!) and I can honestly say every email and ICQ message has been both
    positive and encouraging.  I've had a blast talking to all you FF4 fans out there.  I
    know my FAQ may not be the best looking FAQ on the net, no fancy little ASCII art or
    anything, but I'm honestly surprised about all the 'Great FAQ you got there Bob!' or
    'I found your FF4 Magic FAQ to be real helpful.'  Anyway, I'm done rambling now.  I
    wanted to say thanks to everyone who emailed or sent me an ICQ message - all which
    have been positive - and I've even made some good friends along the way (shoobydoowap
    I'm looking in your direction).
    
       And now on with the Magic FAQ.....
    
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    IV.) SPELL DESCRIPTIONS
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    Black Magic
    
      Name  |              Description               | MP Cost |           Targets
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    Fire    | fire-based attack (weak)               |     5   | Single/All - allies/enemies
    Fire 2  | fire-based attack (average)            |    15   | Single/All - allies/enemies
    Fire 3  | fire-based attack (strong)    	 |    30   | Single/All - allies/enemies
    Ice     | ice-based attack (weak)		 |     5   | Single/All - allies/enemies
    Ice 2   | ice-based attack (average)		 |    15   | Single/All - allies/enemies
    Ice 3   | ice-based attack (strong)		 |    30   | Single/All - allies/enemies
    Bolt    | lightning-based attack (weak) 	 |     5   | Single/All - allies/enemies
    Bolt 2  | lightning-based attack (average)	 |    15   | Single/All - allies/enemies
    Bolt 3  | lightning-based attack (strong)	 |    30   | Single/All - allies/enemies
    Poison  | poison-based attack (weak); target     |     2   | Single/All - allies/enemies
            |     slowly loses HP		         |         |
    Bio     | poison-based attack (average); target  |    20   | Single/All - allies/enemies
            |    swiftly loses HP	  	         |         |
    Quake   | earth-based attack (strong)		 |    30   |        All - enemies
    Break   | attempts instant death on target	 |    15   | Single/All - allies/enemies
    Tornado | reduces target's HP to single digits 	 |    20   |     Single - ally/enemy
    Sleep   | induces sleep on target		 |    12   | Single/All - allies/enemies
    Stop    | makes the target unable to use actions |    15   |     Single - ally/enemy
    Piggy   | changes to/from pig status		 |     1   | Single/All - allies/enemies
    Toad    | changes to/from toad status		 |     7   | Single/All - allies/enemies
    Dejon   | warp to the previous floor of a dungeon|     4   |        All - allies
    Drain   | caster absorbs target's HP             |    18   |     Single - ally/enemy
    Osmose  | caster absorbs target's MP             |     0   |     Single - ally/enemy
    Death   | induces instant death on target        |    35   |     Single - ally/enemy
    Flare   | non-elemental attack (extreme)         |    50   |     Single - ally/enemy
    Meteo   | non-elemental attack (extreme)         |    99   |        All - enemies
    
    
    White Magic
    
      Name  |              Description               | MP Cost |           Targets
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    Cure    | restores HP/damages undead (ghetto)    |     3   | Single/All - allies/enemies	
    Cure 2  | restores HP/damages undead (average)   |     9   | Single/All - allies/enemies
    Cure 3  | restores HP/damages undead (strong)    |    18   | Single/All - allies/enemies
    Cure 4  | restores HP (max)/damages undead       |    40   | Single/All - allies/enemies
            |    (extreme)                           |         |
    Life    | restores live to fallen character      |     8   |     Single - ally/enemy
    Life 2  | restores live plus full HP to fallen   |    52   |     Single - ally/enemy
            |    character                           |         |
    Esuna   | removes negative status effects        |    20   |     Single - ally/enemy
    Dispel  | removes positive status effects        |    12   |     Single - ally/enemy
    Reflect | reflects almost any magic back to      |    30   |     Single - ally/enemy
            |    other party                         |         |
    Libra   | check out target's vital stats;        |     1   |     Single - ally/enemy
            |    HP/MP/weakness                      |         |
    Blink   | creates multiple images on target,     |     8   |     Single - ally/enemy
            |    making it difficult to hit          |         |
    Levitate| allows target(s) to float, protects    |     8   | Single/All - allies
            |    from poison floors and Quake magic  |         |
    Protect | raises defense against physical attacks|     9   |     Single - ally/enemy
    Shell   | raises defense against magical attacks |    10   |     Single - ally/enemy
    Minimum | changes to/from midget status          |     6   |
    Berserk | induces berserk status (higher damage  |    18   |     Single - ally/enemy
            |    from attacks, but loss of control)  |         |
    Confuse | induces confusion status (unable to    |    10   |     Single - ally/enemy
            |    determine allies from enemies)      |         |
    Silence | induces mute status (unable to cast    |     6   |     Single - ally/enemy
            |    magic or use magical abilities)     |         |
    Slow    | induces slow status  (a lower reaction |    14   |     Single - ally/enemy
            |    time)                               |         |
    Haste   | induces haste status (a higher reaction|    25   |     Single - ally/enemy
            |   time)                                |         |
    Hold    | induces hold status (target is stopped)|     5   |     Single - ally/enemy
    Sight   | brings up world map                    |     2   | ----------------------------
    Teleport| warp out of dungeons/towns to world map|    10   |        All - allies
            |     /escape from battle                |         |
    Holy    | holy-based attack (extreme)            |    46   |     Single - ally/enemy
    
    
    Ninjutsu
    
      Name  |              Description               | MP Cost |           Targets
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    Katon   | fire-based attack (average/strong)     |    15   |        All - enemies
    Suiton  | water-based attack (average/strong)    |    20   |        All - enemies
    Raijin  | lightning-based attack (average/strong)|    25   |        All - enemies
    Needles | induces blind status                   |     5   |     Single - ally/enemy
    Image   | creates multiple images on target,     |     6   |     Single - self (caster)
            |    making it difficult to hit          |         |
    Smoke   | causes smoke screen, allowing for easy |    10   |        All - allies
            |    retreat from battle                 |         |
    
    
    Summon
    
      Name   |             Description               | MP Cost |           Targets
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    Goblin   | Goblin Punch (non-elemental attack,   |     1   |     Single - enemy
             |    weak)                              |         |
    Cocktric | Stone Beak (instant death)            |    15   |     Single - enemy
    Flayer   | Mind Blast (non-elemental attack,     |    18   |     Single - enemy
             |    weak-average)                      |         |
    Bomb     | Self-Destruct (damage dealt is equal  |    10   |     Single - enemy
             |    to caster's current HP)            |         |
    *Ashura  | Asura (a. Cure 3)                     |    50   |        All - allies
             |       (b. Life)                       |         |
             |       (c. Protect)                    |         |
    Sylph    | Wind's Whisper (enemies HP is         |    25   |     Single - enemy
             |     absorbed and given to the party)  |         |
    Chocobo  | Chocobo Kick (non-elemental damage,   |     7   |     Single - enemy
             |    weak)                              |         |
    *Mist    | Mist Breath (non-elemental damage,    |    20   |        All - enemies
             |    weak-average)                      |         |
    Titan    | Anger of the Land (earth-based        |    40   |        All - enemies
             |    attack, average-strong)            |         |
    Shiva    | Snowstorm (ice based attack, average) |    30   |        All - enemies
    Ramuh    | Judgement Bolt (lighting-based attack,|    30   |        All - enemies
             |    average)                           |         |
    Ifrit    | Hellfire (fire based attack, average) |    30   |        All - enemies
    Leviathan| Tsunami (water based attack, strong)  |    50   |        All - enemies
    Odin     | Zantetsuken (instant death)           |    45   |        All - enemies
    Bahamut  | Mega Flare (non-elemental attack,     |    60   |        All - enemies
             |    strong-extreme)                    |         |
               * Thanks to Russ (efrate@mad.scientist.com) for Ashura's skills and
                    confirming that Mist IS non-elemental damage, which I had thought.
    
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    V.) SPELL LIST FOR FINAL PARTY
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    Format:  There will be three spell column names.  The first is for the latest
             J2E Patch (the '2000 Edition'), the second for their original patch
             (which is over two years old I might say, so if you're still using it,
             you might want to update, hehe), and the third and final spell column
             name is for the FF2 US SNES cart.  The MP column tells you how much a
             specific spell costs and the Level/Location column tells you when you
             acquire the spell.
    
    Rydia ( Black Magic )
    
    FFIV-A Name | FFIV-B Name | FFII Name | MP Cost | Level/Location
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    Ice         | Blizrd      | Ice 1     |    5    | Lv 2
    Bolt        | Thund       | Lit 1     |    5    | Lv 5
    Sleep       | Sleep       | Sleep     |   15    | Lv 8
    Poison      | Pois        | Venom     |    2    | Lv 10
    Dejon       | Dejon       | Warp      |    4    | Lv 12
    Toad        | Toad        | Toad      |    7    | Lv 13
    Stop        | Stop        | Stop      |   12    | Lv 15
    Fire        | Fire        | Fire 1    |    5    | Mt. Hobs
    Piggy       | Piggy       | Piggy     |    1    | Lv 20
    Fire 2      | Fire 2      | Fire 2    |   15    | Rydia - Adult
    Ice 2       | Blizd 2     | Ice 2     |   15    | Rydia - Adult
    Bolt 2      | Thund 2     | Lit 2     |   15    | Rydia - Adult
    Bio         | Bio         | Virus     |   20    | Lv. 26
    Osmose      | Aspir       | Psych     |    0    | Lv. 32
    Drain       | Drain       | Drain     |   18    | Lv. 36
    Ice 3       | Blizd 3     | Ice 3     |   30    | Lv. 39
    Fire 3      | Fire 3      | Fire 3    |   30    | Lv. 42
    Bolt 3      | Thund 3     | Lit 3     |   30    | Lv. 45
    Quake       | Quake       | Quake     |   30    | Lv. 47
    Break       | Break       | Stone     |   15    | Lv. 49
    Tornado     | Tornd       | Weak      |   25    | Lv. 51
    Death       | Death       | Fatal     |   35    | Lv. 52
    Flare       | Flare       | Nuke      |   50    | Lv. 55
    Meteo       | Meteo       | Meteo     |   99    | Lv. 60
    
    
    Rydia ( Summon Magic )
    
    FFIV-A Name | FFIV-B Name | FFII Name | MP Cost | Level/Location
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    Golbin      | Goblin      | Imp       |    1    | Randomly won after fight
                |             |           |         |    from 'Goblin' type enemies
    Cocktric    | Cockt       | Cockt     |   15    | Dummied item (must use a
                |             |           |         |    Game Genie code)
    Flayer      | Mind        | Mind      |   18    | Win after fight from 'Mage'
                |             |           |         |    enemies in Cave of Power
    Bomb        | Bomb        | Bomb      |   20    | Randomly won after fight
                |             |           |         |    from 'Bomb' type enemies
    *Ashura     | Asura       | Asura     |   50    | Phantom World (underground)
    Sylph       | Sylph       | Sylph     |   25    | Sylphian Cave (underground)
    Chocobo     | Chocb       | Chocb     |    7    | Start
    Mist        | Dragn       | Mist      |   20    | Rydia - Adult
    Titan       | Titan       | Titan     |   40    | Rydia - Adult
    Shiva       | Shiva       | Shiva     |   30    | Rydia - Adult
    Ramuh       | Ramuh       | Indra     |   30    | Rydia - Adult
    Ifrit       | Ifrit       | Jinn      |   30    | Rydia - Adult
    *Leviathan  | Levia       | Levia     |   50    | Phantom World (underground)
    *Odin       | Odin        | Odin      |   45    | Castle of Baron (after
                |             |           |         |    visiting Phantom World)
    *Bahamut    | Baham       | Baham     |   60    |  Cave of Bahamut
     (moon)
       *You must defeat the Phantom Beast in battle before Rydia can summon
          the Phantom Beast in battle.
    
    Rosa ( White Magic )
    
    FFIV-A Name | FFIV-B Name | FFII Name | MP Cost | Level/Location
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    Cure        | Keal        | Cure 1    |    3    | Start
    Hold        | Hold        | Hold      |    5    | Start
    Libra       | Rabur       | Peep      |    1    | Start
    Slow        | Slow        | Slow      |    6    | Start
    Sight       | Sight       | Sight     |    2    | Start
    Life        | Raise       | Life 1    |    8    | Lv. 11
    Protect     | Protc       | M.I.A.    |    9    | Lv. 12
    Cure 2      | Keal 2      | Cure 2    |    9    | Lv. 13
    Silence     | Silnce      | Mute      |    6    | Lv. 15
    Esuna       | Esuna       | Heal      |   20    | Lv. 18
    Berserk     | Bersk       | Bersk     |   18    | Lv. 20
    Teleport    | Telep       | Exit      |   10    | Tower of Zott
    Blink       | Blink       | Blink     |    8    | Lv. 23
    Confuse     | Conf        | Charm     |   10    | Lv. 24
    Shell       | Shell       | M.I.A.    |   10    | Lv. 29
    Cure 3      | Keal 3      | Cure 3    |   18    | Lv. 30
    Minimum     | Mini        | Size      |    6    | Lv. 30
    Dispel      | Displ       | M.I.A.    |   12    | Lv. 31
    Haste       | Haste       | Fast      |   25    | Lv. 33
    Levitate    | Levita      | Float     |    8    | Lv. 35
    Reflect     | Rflct       | Wall      |   30    | Lv. 36
    Cure 4      | Keal 4      | Cure 4    |   40    | Lv. 38
    Life 2      | Arise       | Life 2    |   52    | Lv. 45
    Holy        | Holy        | White     |   46    | Lv. 55
       *spells listed with an M.I.A. under the FFII Name column stands for
          Missing In Action....they do not appear in FFII*
    
    
    Cecil ( White Magic )
    
    FFIV-A Name | FFIV-B Name | FFII Name | MP Cost | Level/Location
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Cure        | Keal        | Cure 1    |    3    | Mt. Ordeal
    Sight       | Sight       | Sight     |    2    | Lv. 3
    Libra       | Rabur       | Peep      |    1    | Lv. 8
    Cure 2      | Keal 2      | Cure 2    |    9    | Lv. 15
    Teleport    | Telep       | Exit      |   10    | Lv. 19
    Esuna       | Esuna       | Heal      |   20    | Lv. 25
    
    
    Edge ( Ninjutsu )
    
    FFIV-A Name | FFIV-B Name | FFII Name | MP Cost | Level/Location
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Katon       | Katon       | Flame     |   15    | Start
    Suiton      | Siton       | Flood     |   20    | Tower of Babil
    Raijin      | Rajin       | Blitz     |   25    | Tower of Babil
    Needles     | Kagsh       | Pin       |    5    | Lv. 27
    Smoke       | Kemur       | Smoke     |   10    | Lv. 33
    Image       | Bushn       | Image     |    6    | Lv. 38
    
    
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    VI.) DISCLAIMER:
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          I made this FAQ 100% by MYSELF....I played through the game and kept a record
          of when everyone learned a spell (at what level). Then I played through it
          AGAIN to verify this.  I used by old SNES copy of Final Fantasy 2 to compare
          spell names, which I had to play through also because my saved games were
          erased. I did this out of love for the game and the excellent J2e Translation
          of it. I thought other fans would like it, so please obey the copyright notice.
          I have NO PROBLEM if you post it on your page.  If you would like to use any of
          the information provided in this document in your own FAQ or website, please contact
          me first, but feel free to post the game - in it's entirety and unaltered - on
          your site if you wish... no need to ask.
    
          And please do not sell this for money, I did it for free and I want it to remain
          free for other fans.
                             Thank you,
                                Bob the Almighty
    
    Email and ICQ:
    email- bob_the_almighty@hotmail.com     ICQ- 39079420
    
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    VII.) CREDITS/THANKS
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    Squaresoft (www.squaresoft.com) - Well, they made and game and stuff, so mad props to them,
                                        or something.
    
    J2E Translations (www.j2etranslations) - These awesome dudes translation the original version
                                               of FF4 into English!  It goes without saying that
                                               these dudes kick ass....
    
    CJayC and GameFAQs (www.gamefaqs.com) - Well, Game FAQs *DID* post my original version, this
                                                one too, and since CJayC owns Game FAQs, I should
                                                thank him too.
    
    Zero (zero_5@juno.com) - He's currently working on a *MASSIVE* FF4 Hard-type walkthrough.
                               He also let me contribute my FF4 Magic FAQ information to his
                               behemoth - and still growing - guide.
    
    Russ (efrate@mad.scientist.com) - He provided me with some information regarding two of Rydia's
                                         summons: Ashura and Mist.
    
    Finally, I'd like to say thanks too all the countless of people that congratulated me over the
     past year and a half (almost) and to *YOU* for reading this far.... most people don't even
     bother with it, but not you. =)
    
    
    (I know, that last part was cheesy, but hey, what are you going to do?)