Black Magic FAQ by Tastii

Version: Final | Updated: 06/28/02 | Printable Version

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|             V I V I  C H A R A C T E R  G U I D E    -FINAL 2-      |

                    "How do you prove you exist?
                     Maybe we don't exist.."

          Final Fantasy IX Vivi Character Guide FINAL Version 2
             Written by Justin Bailey <>

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   ||  Title of Game:  Final Fantasy IX (9)             |
   ||  Platform:       Sony PlayStation                 |
   ||  Publisher:      Square/Squaresoft                |
   ||  FAQ Author:     Justin Bailey aka Michael Galosi |
   ||  Last Updated:   June, Twenty-Eighth, 2002        |
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|                   T A B L E  O F  C O N T E N T S                   |

I.    Version History

II.   Vivi's Black Magic Basics

III.  Black Magic In-Depth

IV.   Black Magic Chart

V.    Support Abilities In-Depth

VI.   Support Abilities Chart

VII.  Weapons

VIII. Special Thanks

|                    V E R S I O N  H I S T O R Y                     |

Version 1.0 - Started FAQ on Vivi, my favorite character in FFIX.
              (December 1, 2000)

Version 1.3 - Uploaded to GameFAQs. (December 3, 2000)

Version 1.4 - Almost finished, better spell descriptions may come soon.
              (December 4, 2000)

Version 1.5 - Added quote, reorganized a bit. (December 4, 2000)

Version 1.51 - Another host for this FAQ. (December 5, 2000)

Version 1.6 - Added ASCII Vivi to the top of the FAQ. I like it. How
              about you? (December 6, 2000)

Version 2.0 - Revamped the Black Magic FAQ into a Vivi Character Guide.
              Added a support abilities and a weapons section to the
              already existing magic section. (December 27, 2000)

Version 3.0 - FINALLY! Added the location of Vivi's weapons! I'm sorry
              for all of you who have waited so very very long. Also
              added the stats of the weapons and support ability
              descriptions. (Augest 16, 2001)

Version 3.1 - Added File Index. (Augest 17, 2001)

FINAL Version - Added the exact location of The Mace of Zeus... now 
                stop asking!!! :)  Have a nice day.

FINAL Version 2 - Fixed a few mistakes. Thanks to everyone who emailed
                  me (too many to mention). 

|           V I V I ' S  B L A C K  M A G I C  B A S I C S            |

Vivi, the short, cute, loveable Black Mage from Final Fantasy IX is the
supreme master of Black Magic.  Black Magic spells can be learned from
weapons, armors, and accessories that Vivi equips throughout his
journey.  Each spell can be used when that item is equipped immediatly
and can also be permanently learned if you fulfill it's AP (Ability
Points) requirements by gaining AP from defeated monsters.

Vivi can select to use black (offensive) magic in battle under the
BlkMag menu.  From there Vivi can cast any ONE spell he has enough MP
to cast.  But, when Vivi Trances, he can use DblBlk.  DblBlk allows him
to cast two spells a round instead of just one, greatly improving his

|               B L A C K  M A G I C  I N - D E P T H                 |

An in-depth look at each of Vivi's Black Magic spells.  This is a
listing of each spell with their effects and description of the spell
itself in action.

Causes poison with non-elemental damage to single/multiple targets.

Causes ice damage to single/multiple targets.

Causes medium ice damage to single/multiple targets.

Causes lots and lots of ice damage to single/multiple targets.

Causes petrification.

Medium non-elemental damage to single target.

KO's the target.

Causes damage based on 50% of enemies current HP.

Causes major shadow damage to all enemies and party members.

Drains HP from target and transfers it to the caster.

Causes fire damage to single/multiple targets.

Causes medium fire damage to single/multiple targets.

Causes el mucho damage to single/multiple targets.

Causes serious non-elemental damage to single target.

Causes serious non-elemental damage to all enemies.

Drains MP from target and transfers it to the caster.

Causes poison to single/multiple targets.

Causes single/multiple targets to sleep.

Slows single target's Active Time Battle guage.

Stops single target's Active Time Battle guage.

Causes thunder damage to single/multiple targets.

Causes medium thunder damage to single/multiple targets.

Causes big time thunder damage to single/multiple targets.

Causes water damage to single/multiple targets.

|                   B L A C K  M A G I C  C H A R T                   |

Black Magic Spell:   Item Learned From:                    MP:      AP:

Bio                  Oak Staff                              18      40

Blizzard             Leather Wrist                           6      25

Blizzara             Ice Staff, Opal                        12      50

Blizzaga             Octagon Rod                            24      85

Break                Cypress Pile                           18      30

Comet                Cypress Pile                           16      55

Death                Black Hood                             20      45

Demi                 Cypress Pile, Amethyst, Black Belt     18      30

Doomsday             Mace of Zeus                           72     150

Drain                Oak Staff                              14      60

Fire                 Mage Staff, Leather Wrist               6      20

Fira                 Flame Staff, Mage's Hat, Topaz,        12      50
                     Power Belt

Firaga               Octagon Rod                            24      75

Flare                Black Robe                             40      95

Meteor               High Mage Staff                        42      95

Osmose               High Mage Staff, Gaia Gear              2      70

Poison               Lightning Staff                         8      35

Sleep                Flame Staff                            10      20

Slow                 Ice Staff, Magus Hat                    6      20

Stop                 Oak Staff                               8      25

Thunder              Glass Buckle, Silk Shirt                6      25

Thundara             Lightning Staff, Peridot               12      50

Thundaga             Octagon Rod                            24      85

Water                N'Kai Armlet                           22      55

|                S U P P O R T  A B I L I T I E S                     |

Ability Up:
Character learns abilities faster.

Add Status:
Adds weapon's status effect(Add ST) when you attack.

Prevents Poison and Venom.

Automatically casts Float in battle.

Automatically casts Haste in battle.

Automatically casts Life in battle(once per battle).

Automatically uses Potion when damaged.

Automatically casts Reflect in battle.

Automatically casts Regen in battle.

Body Temp:
Prevents Freeze and Heat.

Clear Headed:
Prevents Confusion.

Half MP:
Cuts MP use by half in battle.

Restores physical attack target's HP.

High Tide:
Allows you to Trance faster.

Prevents Sleep.

Prevents Pretrify and Gradual Petrify

Level Up:
Character levels up faster.

Prevents Stop.

Prevents Silence.

Mag Elem Null:
Nullifies magic element.

MP + 20%:
Increases maximum MP by 20%.

Reflect Null:
Nullifies enemy's Reflect status when attacking with magic.

Reflect x2:
Doubles strength of Reflected spells.

Return Magic:
Return magic used by enemy.

|           S U P P O R T  A B I L I T I E S  C H A R T               |

Support Ability:         Item Learned From:          AP:   Magic Stones:

Auto-Reflect             Reflect Ring                70              15

Auto-Float               Feather Boots               20               6 

Auto-Haste               Running Shoes                                9

Auto-Regen               Golem’s Flute               30              10

Auto-Potion              Mythril Vest                10               3

Auto-Life                Rebirth Ring                70              12

MP+20%                   Black Robe                  30               8

Add Status               Bone Wrist, Feather Hat     25               6
                         Thunder Gloves

Reflect-Null             Black Robe                  30               7

Reflect x2               Black Robe, Rosetta Ring    110             17

Mag Elem Null            Protect Ring, Promist Ring  85              13

Half MP                  Protect Ring                140             11

Healer                   Garnet                      20               2

High Tide                Jade Armlet, Dark Hat,      25               8
                         Gaia Gear

Body Temp                Jade Armlet, Holy Miter     15               4
                         Madain's Ring,
                         Fairy Earrings, Diamond

Level Up                 Iron Helm, Egoist’s Armlet, 30               7
                         Rosetta Ring

Ability Up               Stardust Rod, Brigandine,   55               3
                         Diamond Gloves

Insomniac                Coral Ring, Bandana,        25               5
                         Magician's Cloak

Antibody                 Glass Armlet                30               4

Loudmouth                Mage's Hat, Golden Hairpin, 40               4
                         Silk Robe

Jelly                    Bronze Vest, Bronze Gloves, 25               4
                         Dragon Wrist, Dark Hat,

Return Magic             Brigandine, Coronet         90               9

Locomotion               Survival Vest               35               4

Clear Headed             Magician Shoes,             15               5
                         Lamia’s Tiara, Magic Armlet

|                   V I V I ' S  W E A P O N S                        |

-Mage Staff-

Ability/ies learned:   Fire
Attack Power:          12
Added Status:          N/A
Where to buy/find:     Vivi starts with the Mage Staff
                       Buy at weapon shop in Dali
Price (Buy/Sell):      320g/160g

-Flame Staff-

Ability/ies learned:   Fira, Sleep
Attack Power:          16
Added Status:          Fire
Where to buy/find:     Buy at Black Mage Village
Price (Buy/Sell):      1100g/550g

-Ice Staff-

Ability/ies learned:   Blizzara, Slow
Attack Power:          16
Added Status:          Ice
Where to buy/find:     Buy at Black Mage Village
Price (Buy/Sell):      980g/490g

-Lightning Staff-

Ability/ies learned:   Thundara, Poison
Attack Power:          16
Added Status:          Thunder
Where to buy/find:     Buy at Black Mage Village
Price (Buy/Sell):      1200g/600g

-Oak Staff-

Ability/ies learned:   Stop, Bio, Drain
Attack Power:          23
Added Status:          Slow
Where to buy/find:     Buy at Equipment Shop in Treno
Price (Buy/Sell):      2400g/1200g

-Cypress Pile-

Ability/ies learned:   Demi, Break, Comet
Attack Power:          27
Added Status:          Confuse
Where to buy/find:     Buy at Equipment Shop in Lindblum/Esto Gaza
Price (Buy/Sell):      3200g/1600g

-Octagon Rod-

Ability/ies learned:   Firaga, Blizzaga, Thundaga
Attack Power:          29
Added Status:          Absorbs Water/Wind, Trouble, Raises Water Attack
Where to buy/find:     Buy at Esto Gaza before Disc 4
                       Buy at Black Mage Village after Disc 3


                       Looks like I was wrong, you can't find the Octagon
                       Rod after Disc 3, sorry.

Price (Buy/Sell):      4500g/2250g

-High Mage Staff-

Ability/ies learned:   Meteor, Osmose
Attack Power:          32
Added Status:          Silence
Where to buy/find:     'Forbidden Forest' Chocograph
Price (Buy/Sell):      Can't Buy/3000g

-Mace Of Zeus- 
(Vivi's Ultimate Weapon)

Ability/ies learned:   Doomsday
Attack Power:          35
Added Status:          Mini
Where to buy/find:     Found in Memoria before the Crystal World gate.

-------Due to hundreds of requests, here is the !exact! location.-------

*Exact Location*:      Where you fight Lich.  Search the second column
                       on the right.
                       That is precisely where the staff is located.
                       Thank you, goodnight!

Price (Buy/Sell):      Can't Buy/5000g

|                   S P E C I A L  T H A N K S                        |

  -- My friend JP for lending me some cash to get this game ^_^.
  -- My mom for letting me skip school to get it >.< .
  -- Nemesis for the wisdom of extending my Black Magic FAQ.
  -- Square(soft) for making(/translating) such a wonderful game.
  -- And ummm... Me.

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