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A Beginner's Guide to FFVI Magic

If you want to know how to learn a spell in FFVI, this is the place to go! It includes which characters learn the spell naturally and which Espers teach it. To find out how characters other than Terra and Celes can learn spells, then click here. For items that teach spells, click here.

Table of Contents


Black Magic

Fire
Learned by: Terra
Learned from: Ifrit, Siren, Bismarck
Japanese name: Fire
MP cost: 4
Effect: Mild fire-elemental damage to one enemy.
Can be multi-targeted: Yes
Fire 2
Learned by: Terra
Learned from: Ifrit, Maduin
Japanese name: Fira
MP cost: 20
Effect: Moderate fire-elemental damage to one enemy.
Can be multi-targeted: Yes
Fire 3
Learned by: Terra
Learned from: Tritoch, Phoenix
Japanese name: Firaga
MP cost: 51
Effect: Heavy fire-elemental damage to one enemy.
Can be multi-targeted: Yes
Ice
Learned by: Celes
Learned from: Shiva, Bismarck
Japanese name: Blizzard
MP cost: 5
Effect: Mild ice-elemental damage to one enemy.
Can be multi-targeted: Yes
Ice 2
Learned by: Celes
Learned from: Shiva, Maduin
Japanese name: Blizzara
MP cost: 21
Effect: Moderate ice-elemental damage to one enemy.
Can be multi-targeted: Yes
Ice 3
Learned by: Celes
Learned from: Tritoch
Japanese name: Blizzaga
MP cost: 52
Effect: Heavy ice-elemental damage to one enemy.
Can be multi-targeted: Yes
Bolt
Learned from: Ramuh, Bismarck
Japanese name: Thunder
MP cost: 6
Effect: Mild lightning-elemental damage to one enemy.
Can be multi-targeted: Yes
Bolt 2
Learned from: Ramuh, Maduin
Japanese name: Thundara
MP cost: 22
Effect: Moderate lightning-elemental damage to one enemy.
Can be multi-targeted: Yes
Bolt 3
Learned from: Tritoch
Japanese name: Thundaga
MP cost: 53
Effect: Heavy lightning-elemental damage to one enemy.
Can be multi-targeted: Yes
Poison
Learned from: Ramuh
Japanese name: Poison
MP cost: 3
Effect: Mild poison-elemental damage to one enemy. May cause Poison status.
Can be multi-targeted: No
Bio
Learned from: Shoat
Japanese name: Bio
MP cost: 26
Effect: Heavy poison-elemental damage to one enemy. May cause Poison status.
Can be multi-targeted: Yes
Drain
Learned by: Terra
Learned from: Ifrit
Japanese name: Drain
MP cost: 15
Effect: Deals non-elemental damage to one enemy, and heals the caster by an equal amount.
Can be multi-targeted: No
Demi
Learned from: Phantom
Japanese name: Gravity
MP cost: 33
Effect: Lowers one enemy's HP by 50%. Never does fatal damage.
Can be multi-targeted: No
Quartr (Quarter)
Learned by: Terra
Learned from: Terrato
Japanese name: Graviga
MP cost: 48
Effect: Lowers all enemies' HP by 75%. Never does fatal damage.
Quake
Learned from: Terrato
Japanese name: Quake
MP cost: 50
Effect: Heavy earth-elemental damage to all ground-bound enemies and allies.
Doom
Learned from: Shoat
Japanese name: Death
MP cost: 35
Effect: Instantly kills one enemy. One-half of the infamous Vanish-Doom bug.
Can be multi-targeted: No
Break
Learned by: Terra
Learned from: Shoat
Japanese name: Break
MP cost: 25
Effect: Turns one enemy to stone.
Can be multi-targeted: No
W Wind (Whirlwind)
Learned from: Terrato
Japanese name: Tornado
MP cost: 75
Effect: Lowers all allies' and enemies' HP by 94%. Never does fatal damage.
Pearl
Learned by: Terra, Celes
Learned from: Alexander
Japanese name: Holy
MP cost: 40 Effect: Heavy holy-elemental damage to one enemy.
Can be multi-targeted: No
X-Zone
Learned from: Fenrir
Japanese name: Degen
MP cost: 53
Effect: Banishes all enemies to another dimension.
Flare
Learned by: Celes
Learned from: Bahamut
Japanese name: Flare
MP cost: 45
Effect: Heavy non-elemental damage to one enemy.
Can be multi-targeted: No
Merton
Learned by: Terra
Learned from: Crusader
Japanese name: Meltdown
MP cost: 85
Effect: Massive fire/wind-elemental damage to all enemies and allies.
Meteor
Learned by: Celes
Learned from: Odin, Crusader
Japanese name: Meteo
MP cost: 62
Effect: Heavy non-elemental damage to all enemies.
Ultima
Learned by: Terra
Learned from: Ragnarok
Japanese name: Ultima
MP cost: 80
Effect: Massive non-elemental damage to all enemies.

White Magic

Cure
Learned by: Terra, Celes
Learned from: Kirin, Shiva, Seraphim, Starlet
Japanese name: Cure
MP cost: 5
Effect: Restores a few HP to one ally. Does mild damage to undead.
Can be multi-targeted: Yes
Cure 2
Learned by: Terra
Learned from: Kirin, Unicorn, Seraphim, Golem, Starlet
Japanese name: Cura
MP cost: 25
Effect: Restores a moderate amount of HP to one ally. Does moderate damage to undead.
Can be multi-targeted: Yes
Cure 3
Learned from: Starlet, Phoenix
Japanese name: Curaga
MP cost: 40
Effect: Restores a large amount of HP to one ally. Does heavy damage to undead.
Can be multi-targeted: Yes
Life
Learned by: Terra
Learned from: Bismarck, Seraphim, Phoenix
Japanese name: Raise
MP cost: 30
Effect: Revives one dead ally with a few HP. Instantly kills undead.
Can be multi-targeted: No
Life 2
Learned by: Terra
Learned from: Phoenix
Japanese name: Araise
MP cost: 60
Effect: Revives one dead ally with full HP. Instantly kills undead.
Can be multi-targeted: No
Life 3
Learned from: Phoenix
Japanese name: Reraise
MP cost: 50
Effect: Enables one ally to automatically revive after being killed, but only works once before wearing off.
Can be multi-targeted: No
Regen (Regenerate)
Learned from: Kirin, Seraphim, Starlet
Japanese name: Regen
MP cost: 10
Effect: Causes one ally to regain a few HP at the end of each turn, or causes one undead to lose a few HP at the end of each turn.
Can be multi-targeted: No
Antdot (Antidote)
Learned by: Terra, Celes
Learned from: Kirin
Japanese name: Poisona
MP cost: 3
Effect: Removes Poison status from one ally.
Can be multi-targeted: No
Remedy
Learned from: Unicorn, Seraphim, Starlet, Alexander
Japanese name: Esuna
MP cost: 15
Effect: Removes all negative status effects from one ally.
Can be multi-targeted: No

Grey Magic

With the exception of Float, no grey magic can be multi-targeted.
Haste
Learned by: Celes
Learned from: Carbuncle, Palidor
Japanese name: Haste
MP cost: 10
Effect: Increases one ally's speed.
Haste 2
Learned by: Celes
Learned from: Palidor
Japanese name: Hastega
MP cost: 38
Effect: Increases all allies' speed.
Scan
Learned by: Celes
Learned from: Kirin
Japanese name: Libra
MP cost: 3
Effect: Shows the HP, MP, and elemental weaknesses of one enemy.
Float
Learned from: Stray, Palidor
Japanese name: Levitate
MP cost: 17
Effect: Makes one ally immune to ground-based attacks.
Vanish
Learned by: Terra
Learned from: Phantom
Japanese name: Vanish
MP cost: 18
Effect: Makes one ally invisible, making him or her immune to physical attacks, but extremely vulnerable to magic. One-half of the infamous Vanish-Doom bug.
Safe
Learned by: Celes
Learned from: Carbuncle, Unicorn, Golem, Alexander
Japanese name: Protect
MP cost: 12
Effect: Increases one ally's physical defense.
Shell
Learned from: Carbuncle, Unicorn, Zone Seeker, Alexander
Japanese name: Shell
MP cost: 15
Effect: Increases one ally's magical defense.
Rflect (Reflect)
Learned from: Carbuncle
Japanese name: Reflect
MP cost: 22
Effect: Causes all spells cast on the target to hit a target on the opposite side of the field.
Warp
Learned by: Terra
Learned from: Carbuncle, Fenrir
Japanese name: Teleport
MP cost: 20
Effect: Automatically escape from a battle or dungeon.
Rasp
Learned from: Shiva, Zone Seeker
Japanese name: Rasper
MP cost: 12
Effect: Lowers one enemy's MP.
Quick
Learned from: Raiden
Japanese name: Quick
MP cost: 99
Effect: Caster gains the ability to act twice per round.
Osmose
Learned from: Shiva, Zone Seeker
Japanese name: Asper
MP cost: 1
Effect: Lowers one enemy's MP, and restores the caster's MP by an equal amount.
Slow
Learned from: Siren, Palidor
Japanese name: Slow
MP cost: 5
Effect: Decreases one enemy's speed.
Slow 2
Learned from: Palidor
Japanese name: Slowga
MP cost: 26
Effect: Decreases all enemies' speed.
Stop
Learned from: Golem, Fenrir
Japanese name: Stop
MP cost: 10
Effect: Prevents one enemy from making any moves.
Imp
Learned by: Celes
Learned from: Stray
Japanese name: Kappa
MP cost: 10
Effect: Turns one ally or enemy into a kappa, or Japanese water sprite. If the target is already a kappa, turns them back to normal.
Sleep
Learned from: Siren
Japanese name: Sleeper
MP cost: 5
Effect: Puts one enemy to sleep.
Mute
Learned from: Siren
Japanese name: Silence
MP cost: 8
Effect: Prevents one enemy from casting spells.
Muddle
Learned by: Celes
Learned from: Stray
Japanese name: Confu
MP cost: 8
Effect: Confuses one enemy.
Bserk (Berserk)
Learned by: Celes
Learned from: Phantom
Japanese name: Berserk
MP cost: 16
Effect: Causes one target to attack uncontrollably.
Dispel
Learned by: Terra
Learned from: Unicorn, Alexander
Japanese name: Dispel
MP cost: 25
Effect: Removes all status effects, negative or positive, from one target.

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