Ability Points, often shortened to AP or ABP, but also called Magic AP, Magic Points, Job Points or JP for short, are a system created by Hiroyuki Ito and used to learn abilities. They are usually gained from battles. Generally, the player will not get very many Ability Points from battle unless they are in the final dungeon or in a special area where Ability Points are plentiful.
Every character has a hidden stat (Job Points) that dictates their job's level growth. When JP is accumulated to 99, the current job level goes up by 1. For every action (turn) the character(s) take in a battle, except for the following actions; Front, Rear, Run, and Flee will contribute a fixed amount of job points to the character(s).
Players should be aware that the character(s) must preform an action during battle to be rewarded with JPs, simple selecting an action and not preforming it before the end of battle will not reward those character(s) with JP for those inputted actions. Also, only one level up can occur per battle.
The left side being how much that job earns for character's current job is under level 14 when performing an action. The right side being how much they earn for jobs currently after level 15 when performing an action. The amount of JP gain per job are as follow:
|Job||Job Level 1-14||Job Level 14+|
Known as ABP, these are used to level up the current Job class. The character learns either a Command or a Support ability, which they can then use while utilizing other Jobs.
Called Magic AP (originally Magic Points); used to learn spells from espers. Each Magic AP gives a certain percentage of spell to character that has an esper equipped. After reaching 100%, they learn the spell permanently. Every spell has a different growth rate.
Characters that can earn Magic AP in battle are the only ones who can dispel the curse on the Cursed Shield. Since Gogo cannot learn magic nor equip espers, s/he cannot earn Magic AP in battle. Theoretically, the same would happen to Umaro if he could equip shields. All guest characters cannot earn any Magic AP.
Used to increase the level of Materia. This allows the Materia to have more spells, or abilities. When the Materia is Mastered, a replica Materia at level 1 will be created. Barret's ultimate weapon, the Missing Score's power is increased by the amount of AP on the Materia it is holding.
AP in Crisis Core is instead an MP-like stat that allows Zack to perform basic blocking and dodging, and also consumed by using special physical attacks and abilities with the appropriate Command Materia. The item Soma is used to recover lost AP, and is instantly recovered with an Elixir.
AP is used to make Guardian Forces learn abilities.
Used to learn abilities embedded in equipped equipment. If a character equips several items which teach the same ability, AP growth is increased for that particular ability.
Equipping the Ability Up passive ability doubles the AP earned.
At the end of the battle, characters that are KO'd or inflicted with the Virus status will not receive AP.
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AP in this installment replaces the usual role of EXP. The Ability Points (AP) gained will allow the player to gain Sphere Levels, which are used to move around the Sphere Grid. Sphere levels equal the amount of steps each character can take on the Sphere Grid, similar to classic board games.
When starting a file two Sphere Grid modes are available and only one can be selected: 'Standard' mode has strict, rarely-diverging routes for each character, but bears more clear nodes (which can be filled with attribute slots later in the game through use of special spheres). 'Expert' mode has less clear spaces, but its layout is considerably less strict, allowing characters to diverge from their traditional routes from the beginning.
Each step taken on the Sphere Grid to a new node deducts a single Sphere Level from their total levels, and one level can be expended to move backwards by up to four nodes which have already been crossed. 'Spheres' can be used to activate nodes on the characters' current position or adjacent nodes, most of which raise a certain attribute or teach an ability, but some of which are blank.
Each character has a general path which they are expected to follow but these routes have many branching point, allowing the player to customize characters to their liking, for the most part. Development is limited by the presence of locked nodes, which require a rare 'Key Sphere' of a certain level to open: these range from levels 1 to 4 and generally, higher numbers equal rarer spheres which become available at a later point in the story.
Characters that do nothing in battle gain no AP. Similarly, if one swaps characters out during a battle, all characters that did something, even skipped their turn by the press of the , will gain AP. AP is not split between party members, so no matter how many participants perform actions in any single battle, all will obtain the same value of AP upon victory.
There are four ways to gain AP and are used to learn the abilities of the equipped dressphere; Perform a special actions unique to a dressphere, use ability equipped on a garment grid, defeat enemy, and use items.
AP earned by defeating enemies (1 AP standard and 2 AP for Oversoul). AP is capped at 99 per battle.
License Points, abbreviated LP, are points gained by defeating enemies and are used to buy licenses. To wield, wear or master anything, a license must first be bought. After buying the license, one will become able to wield the weapon, wear the armor/hat/helm or master the Magick or Technick that the license was for, granted that the specific item has been bought as well.
One must likewise buy the license of Summons, to be able to summon a creature. However, when one character has bought the summon license, s/he will be the only one with the license to that summon, as it disappears completely from the License Board of the other characters. The same goes for Quickenings.
Final Fantasy XIII doesn't have separate EXP and AP points, but, rather, the two are rolled into one with the use of Crystogen Points (known as Crystal Points in the Japanese version). CP is gained by winning battles and used to increase character attributes and to learn new abilities in Crystarium System. The maximum amount of CP a character can hold is 999,999. Crystogen Points are gained from all battles, boss and regular battles alike, but the party will not gain any CP before they become l'Cie in the third chapter of Final Fantasy XIII; battles won in chapters one and two just gain item drops. Even after mastering the Crystarium System party members keep gaining CP from battles.
The system is similar in Final Fantasy XIII-2. Serah and Noel gain CP from battles since the beginning and can use them to gain new abilities and stat boosts in the Crystarium System. Paradigm Pack monsters do not gain CP from battles, but must be given items to advance them through their Crystaria. Lightning, who is playable in the prologue, will not gain CP from her battles, but if she is obtained as a Paradigm Pack monster, she can be advanced in the Crystarium System similar to other Paradigm Pack monsters.
Called Job Points in Final Fantasy Tactics, a unit earns Job Points when performing actions. Other units with access to the same Job also earn Job Points (referred to as spillover JP). Earning JP can be enhanced with the Gained JP Up support ability and Move-Get JP movement ability, as well with further Level Ups and Job Level Ups. JP are also gained from completing propositions. With JP, the player is able to access new skills and spells for the unit, as well unlocking new Jobs when meeting the proper Job Level requirements.
In the original PS version, there is a JP Scroll Glitch that lets the player get 9,999 JP without effort.
Ability Points are gained from successfully completing missions. Unlike Experience Points, Ability Points are credited towards any unmastered abilities a unit is trying to learn. The amount of Ability Points vary from mission to mission, and can be double with the use of an Insignia, or quadrupled with two.
Common Missions' AP AwardsEdit
- All Clan Engagements - 50 AP
- All Turf Liberations (Battle while under attack) - 80 AP
- All Turf Liberations (Dispatch after losing turf) - 50 AP (more for Jagds)
- #205 Materite - 30 AP
- #207 Metal Hunt - 30 AP
Ability Points are gained from successfully completing quests. Unlike Experience Points, Ability Points are credited towards any (if any) unmastered abilities a unit is trying to learn.
Common Quests' AP AwardsEdit
- All Normal Quests (Non-Battle) - 10 AP
- All Normal Quests (Battle) - 30 AP
- All Storyline Quests - 80AP
The amount of AP received per quest can be boosted by the Clan Privilege AP↑1/2/3, which boosts AP gained from a quest by 20/40/60 respectively. However, if the law is broken during the battle, the increase will be annulled. The AP from non-battle quests cannot be boosted as clan privileges are not granted.
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Job Points (JP) are earned from enemies and are needed to level up the characters' job level, similar to Final Fantasy V.
AP is used to level up a character's Job. It can be obtained by killing enemies in the game. The scale of AP needed to level up is different for each job, but is the same for all characters respectively. Each level up will sometimes acquire the character an ability that can be equipped with any other job once it is learned.
Ability Points are used to master abilities and are gained by winning a battle. Mastering abilities will lower their CP cost allowing the character to equip more abilities. The amount of Ability Points acquired after battle can be manipulated by AP Chances, which when triggered will add an additional 2 Ability Points to the total AP you gain, as well as calendar bonuses. Certain equipment such as the Diamond Equipment can increase bonuses even further.
The AP system in 012 is virtually the same as Dissidia. The only difference is the AP Chance, which varies from battle to battle. The character can gain from one to three AP from the AP chance; the more AP that must be gained, the higher HP damage must be dealt.
In both games, to meet the AP chance the player must not take any single hit (BRV/HP) from the opponent before executing the HP damage.