Final Fantasy III/Magic
Many spells and skills exist in Final Fantasy III. The spells are divided into 3 categories: Black Magic, White Magic, and Summon Magic. This section also describes the effects of the Geomancer's Terrain skill and the Bard's Sing skill.
These spells are mostly used to heal and protect your allies, though there are some attack spells among them.
White magic users:
- Wind crystal jobs: White mage (L1-7), Red mage (L1-4)
- Fire crystal jobs: Knight (DS only, L1), Scholar (DS only, L1-3), Ranger (NES only, L1-3)
- Water crystal jobs: Mystic knight (NES only, L1-3 field only)
- Earth crystal jobs: Devout (L1-8), Sage (L1-8)
- Secret job: Onion knight (DS only, L1-8)
In the table below, only the first shop is listed. Spells are usually available in later shops after the first one.
|Lv.||Spell||Type||Effect||Free location||Price & shop|
|1||Cure||Field/support||Restores a small amount of health||1: Ur
2: Sealed Cave
|100 Gil, Canaan|
|1||Poisona||Field/support||Cures poison||-||100 Gil, Ur|
|1||Sight||Field||Shows the world map on the overworld||-||100 Gil, Ancients' Village|
|2||Mini||Field/support/attack||Causes or cures mini;
instantly defeats enemies
|2||Toad||Field/support/attack||Causes or cures toad;
instantly defeats enemies
|2||Aero||Attack||Deals minor wind damage||Dragons Peak||700 Gil, Tozus|
|3||Cura (Cure2)||Field/support||Restores a medium amount of health points||Tozus (bookshelf)||1500 Gil, Ancients' Village|
|3||Blindna||Field/support||Cures blindness||-||1500 Gil, Ancients' Village|
|3||Teleport||Field||Teleports party to the world map if in a sub-area||-||1500 Gil, Ancients' Village|
|4||Libra||Debuff||Shows enemy HP and weaknesses||-||3000 Gil, Gysahl|
|4||Confuse||Debuff||Causes confusion||Elven claw
|3000 Gil, Gysahl|
|4||Silence||Debuff||Causes mute||-||3000 Gil, Gysahl|
|5||Curaga (Cure3)||Field/support||Restores a large amount of health points||-||5000 Gil, Saronia|
|5||Raise||Field/support||Revives dead party members with low health||-||5000 Gil, Saronia|
|5||Protect||Support||Raises defense against physical attacks||-||5000 Gil, Saronia|
|6||Stona||Field/support||Cures petrification||-||10000 Gil, Doga's house|
|6||Haste||Support||Raises speed (hits per turn)||-||10000 Gil, Doga's house|
|6||Aeroga (Aero2)||Attack||Deals high wind damage||-||10000 Gil, Doga's house|
|7||Curaja (Cure4)||Field/support||Restores all health points to one party member, or restores a large amount of HP to the whole party||-||20000 Gil, Doga's village|
|7||Esuna||Field/support||Cures all status ailments except death||-||20000 Gil, Doga's village|
|7||Reflect||Support||Creates a magic barrier that reflects spells back at the caster, doesn't work on all spells||-||20000 Gil, Doga's village|
|8||Arise (Raise2)||Field/support||Revives one party member with full HP||-||60000 Gil, Eureka|
|8||Tornado||Attack||Reduces one enemy's HP to critical status||-||60000 Gil, Eureka|
|8||Holy||Attack||Deals light damage||-||60000 Gil, Eureka|
- Healing spells
These are the most important spells in order to survive through the game.
- L1/3/5/7 Cure/Cura/Curaga/Curaja: These four spells restore health; the higher the level, the more HP are restored; Curaja (Cure4) always fully restores HP to the maximum, unless used on more than one party member.
- L5/8 Raise/Arise: They restore a dead ally to life; Raise restores a minimal amount of HP, while Arise fully restores HP.
- L6 Stona: Petrification is similar to death, as the character cannot act in any way, but Raise and Arise won't work; the Stona spell is required to restore to life a petrified character.
- L1 Poisona: Cures the poison status.
- L3 Blindna: Cures the blindness status.
- L7 Esuna: Cures every status ailment, except petrification and death.
- Field spells
Spells that are typically used outside battle.
- L1 Sight: It shows a map of the world; it cannot be used in dungeons.
- L2 Mini: It miniaturizes the heroes; this is necessary to crawl two dungeons; miniaturized characters have physical attack and defense reduced to 1, and can only fight using magic; The Devout and Sage can also effectively use this spell in battle: a miniaturized enemy is forced to leave the battle, resulting in instant-defeat.
- L2 Toad: It transforms the heroes in toads; this is necessary to access two dungeons; toad characters have physical attack and defense reduced to 1, and cannot even use magic; The Devout and Sage can also effectively use this spell in battle: a toad enemy is forced to leave the battle, resulting in instant-defeat.
- L3 Teleport: It teleports the heroes back to the entrance of the dungeon. The Devout and Sage can also effectively use this spell in battle: a teleported enemy is instantly defeated.
- Support spells
Battle spells that target the heroes.
- L5 Protect: Increases physical defense of the target.
- L6 Haste: Increases physical attack of the target.
- L7 Reflect: If the targeted hero is attacked with magic, the spell will bounce back to the caster.
- Debuff spells
Battle spells that target the enemy, but deal no damage. If the caster has low skill, they can miss.
- L4 Libra: It shows the attributes of the target enemy.
- L4 Silence: The target cannot use magic.
- L4 Confuse: The target is confused and will attack himself or a random monster.
- Attack spells
Battle spells that deal damage to the enemies.
- L2/6 Aero/Aeroga: Wind-elemental attacks.
- L8 Tornado: Reduces the enemy health to less than 10 HP, but does not kill them.
- L8 Holy: Holy-elemental attack.
These spells are used to deal damage and to cause status effects.
Black magic users:
- Wind crystal: Black mage (L1-7), Red mage (L1-4)
- Fire crystal: Scholar (L1-4) (DS only)
- Water crystal: n/a
- Earth crystal: Magus (L1-8), Sage (L1-8)
- Secret: Onion knight (L1-8) (DS only)
|Price and shop|
|1||Sleep||Debuff||Puts enemies to sleep||Altar Cave||100 Gil, Kazus|
|1||Blizzard||Attack||Deals minor ice damage||Sasune castle||100 Gil, Kazus|
|1||Fire||Attack||Deals minor fire damage||-||100 Gil, Kazus|
|2||Blind||Debuff||Blinds enemies||Canaan||700 Gil, Canaan|
|2||Thunder||Attack||Deals minor lightning damage||-||700 Gil, Canaan|
|-||700 Gil, Canaan|
|3||Fira (Fire2)||Attack||Deals moderate fire damage||Viking Base||1500 Gil, Ancients' Village|
|3||Blizzara (Blizzard2)||Attack||Deals moderate ice damage||Viking Base||1500 Gil, Ancients' Village|
|3||Thundara (Thunder2)||Attack||Deals moderate lightning damage||Viking Base||1500 Gil, Ancients' Village|
|4||Shade||Debuff||Paralyzes enemies||-||3000 Gil, Gyshal|
|4||Break||Attack||Inflicts gradual petrification||-||3000 Gil, Gyshal|
|4||Blizzaga (Blizzard3)||Attack||Deals major ice damage||-||3000 Gil, Gyshal|
|5||Erase||Debuff||Removes all buffs||-||5000 Gil, Saronia|
|5||Thundaga (Thunder3)||Attack||Deals major lightning damage||-||5000 Gil, Saronia|
|5||Raze||Attack||Instant-defeat if enemy level
is lower than the caster's
|-||5000 Gil, Saronia|
|6||Warp||Field/attack||Moves back some floors in dungeons;
instantly defeats enemies
|-||10000 Gil, Doga's Manor|
|6||Firaga (Fire3)||Attack||Deals major fire damage||-||10000 Gil, Doga's Manor|
|6||Bio (Poison2)||Attack||Non-elemental attack,
inflicts "poison" status
|-||10000 Gil, Doga's Manor|
|7||Breakga (Break2)||Attack||Petrifies enemies, defeating them instantly||-||20000 Gil, Doga's Village|
|7||Drain||Attack||Drains the target's HP and gives it to the caster||-||20000 Gil, Doga's Village|
|7||Quake||Attack||Deals major earth damage to all enemies||-||20000 Gil, Doga's Village|
|8||Death||Attack||Instantly defeats one enemy||-||60000 Gil, Eureka|
|8||Flare||Attack||Deals massive damage to one enemy||-||60000 Gil, Eureka|
|8||Meteor||Attack||Deals massive damage to all enemies||-||60000 Gil, Eureka|
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- L6 Warp
- L1 Sleep
- L2 Blind
- L4 Shade (paralysis)
- L5 Erase (erases enemy status upgrades)
- L1/3/4 Blizzard/Blizzara/Blizzaga (element: ice)
- L1/3/6 Fire/Fira/Firaga (element: fire)
- L2/3/5 Thunder/Thundara/Thundaga (element: lightning)
- L2/6 Poison/Bio (inflict "poison" status)
- L4/7 Break/Breakga (petrify)
- L5/8 Raze/Death (instant-death)
- L7 Quake (element: earth)
- L7 Drain (restores HP to caster)
- L8 Flare (non-elemental, targets one)
- L8 Meteor (non-elemental, targets all)
Summon magic users:
- Water crystal: Evoker
- Earth crystal: Summoner, Sage
There are two types of Summon Magic: a type with two effects that occur randomly, and a type with one fixed effect. The former is used by Evokers, and the latter is used by Summoners. Sages can use the two-effect summons in the DS version, but in the NES version they used the fixed effect ones instead.
Unless specified otherwise, Evoker attacks target one enemy only, while Summoner attacks (and Evoker indirect effects) target all enemies. Unlike other debuff spells, the Evoker's debuff effects have 100% accuracy, missing only if the enemies are immune to the specific status ailment (sleep, stop, instant-defeat, petrify).
|L||Summon||Evoker's special||Evoker's attack||Summoner's attack||Element|
|1||Escape / Chocobo||Party escapes from battle
or no effect (Stumble)
|-||Attack all (Chocobo Kick)||-|
|2||Icen / Shiva||Casts Sleep on all enemies
|Attack one (Icy Stare)||Attack all (Diamond Dust)||Ice|
|3||Spark / Ramuh||Casts Shade on all enemies
|Attack one (Thunderstorm)||Attack all (Judgement Bolt)||Thunder|
|4||Heatra / Ifrit||Casts Cure on party
|Attack one (Hellfire)||Attack all (Inferno)||Fire|
|5||Hyper / Titan||-||Attack one (Clobber) or
Attack one (Stomp)
|Attack all (Earthen Fury)||Earth|
|6||Catastro / Odin||Casts Reflect on party
|Attack all (Slash)||Inst. defeat all (Zantetsu-ken)||-|
|7||Leviath / Leviathan||-||Attack all (Cyclone) or
Inst. defeat all (Demon eye)
|Attack all (Tidal Wave)||Wind|
|8||Bahamur / Bahamut||Casts Haste on party
|Inst. defeat one (Rend)||Attack all (Mega Flare)||-|
- Chocobo Kick: the damage is proportional to the level difference between caster and enemies.
- Demon Eye: it petrifies all enemies, unless immune to petrification; a petrified enemy is instantly defeated.
- Aura: it increases strength and agility for the rest of the current battle.
Evoker's spells analysis
- Debuff/attack spells:
- L2 Shiva (sleep)
- L3 Ramuh (paralysis)
- These spells should be used early in the dungeons, to make battles easy during early exploration of the surroundings. Remember that physical attacks can wake up the enemies, i.e. remove "sleep" and "paralysis", so choose well your targets!
- Support/attack spells:
- L1 Chocobo (escape): only useful in miniaturized dungeons (e.g. Cave of the Magic Circle), where it's hard to win all battles with magic alone.
- L4 Ifrit (heal): more useful in the deeper levels of dungeons, when the party suffered damage after fightning many battles.
- L6 Odin (reflect): only useful against spellcasting enemies and bosses.
- L8 Bahamut (haste): cast this spell at leisure, but not against bosses, because they are immune to istant-death attacks.
- Attack-only spells:
- L5 Titan: best left for battles against bosses, that are usually immune to status ailments.
- L7 Leviathan: useful against large groups of enemies, but not against bosses (immune to instant-death and petrification)
There's no need to analyze the Summoner's spells, because all of them are attack spells that target all enemies.
The Terrain skill is useable only by Geomancers. It harnesses the power of the earth to cause different elemental damage. The determining factor of what effect is caused is the environment the skill is used in. This skill does not consume MP.
38% Flame burst
20% (Wind slash)
Forest, plains, airship
|50% Wind slash
48% Ice storm
Ice & Water
40% Ice pillar
20% (Wind slash)
|Ice & Water |
Ice & Water
20% (Wind slash)
|40% Black hole
20% (Wind Slash)
Each dungeon can be associated to one of the five elements at the top of the next table. The second row lists the main terrain attacks associated with each element. Note that the Geomancer job is obtained after the only Fire Dungeon in the game. In the World of Darkness the Geomancer's Terrain is different again: 25% Earthquake, 25% Flameburst, 25% Ice Pillar, 25% Windslash.
|Black hole |
|Fire terrains||Wind terrains||Water terrains||Earth terrains||Non-elemental terrains|
|Molten cave||Castle Sasune towers
Tower of Owen
Tower of Owen (base)
Cave of Tides
Temple of Time
Cave of the Magic Circle
Cave of Shadows
In the NES version, there is a chance that the Terrain ability backfires and hits the Geomancer himself. It happens if the Terrain technique misses all possible targets.
In the table below, the names in brackets are the corresponding or most similar effects from the DS remake.
|Environment||Effect||Targets||Chance of backfire||Element|
|Sea||Watersprout (Whirlpool)||Attack all enemies||1 - very low||Lightning|
|Plains||Earthquake ("Ice Storm"?)||Attack all enemies||1 - very low||Wind|
|Mountain, dungeon||Landslide (Earthquake)||Attack all enemies||1 - very low||Earth|
|Forest, dungeon||Wind Slash (Wind Slash)||Attack one enemy||2||Wind|
|Onboard airship||Tornado ("Shadowflare"?)||Attack one enemy||2||Non-elemental|
|Desert||Quicksand (Cave-in)||Instant-defeat one||3 - high||Earth|
|River||Whirlpool ("Ice Pillar"?)||Instant-defeat one||3 - high||Lightning|
|Swamp||Sinkhole (Black hole)||Instant-defeat one||3 - high||Non-elemental|
The following table shows the Terrain effect for each dungeon:
|Plains||Seas & sea bottom||Forests||Swamps|
Tower of Owen
Dragon spire (top floor)
Doga's cave (floor 1)
Crystal Tower boss
World of Darkness bosses
Saronia Catacombs boss
|Temple of Time
Cave of Magic Circle
Cave of Shadows
World of Darkness
|Doga's cave (floor 1)|
|Doga's cave (floor 3)||Cave of Tides
|Doga's cave (floor 2)
The Sing skill is useable only by Bards. Using different harps can have different effects on the songs sung. Note that the strength of the effect increases with job level.
Note that the effects of Minne, Minuet, and Elegy only last for 2 rounds of battle.
|Madhura Harp||Minne||Support: increase physical defense power of the party.|
|Loki Harp||Minuet||Support: increase physical attack power of the party.|
|Lamia Harp||Requiem||Attack: damage all opponents.|
|Dream Harp||Paeon||Healing: heals the party a little.|
|Apollo Harp||Elegy||Support: decrease the amount of damage the party takes from any attack.|
In the NES version, the Sing ability simply attacks the enemies, with no added effect. Instead, the NES bard has two more skills, as shown in the table below. Because the effects of Cheer and Scare are small but cumulative, it would be a good strategy if the Bard uses continuously the same command during a battle.
|Sing||Attack: replaces "fight" command; two harps have debuff effect.||Keep singing will eventually debuff all enemies.|
|Cheer||Support: increases speed and physical strength of all allies; effect is cumulative.||Keep cheering the allies in a boss battle will eventually boost the attack of front-row jobs quite a lot.|
|Scare||Debuff: lowers the level of all enemies, eventually making them flee; stronger enemies are immune.||Keep scaring a group of annoying monsters will make the fight faster.|