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XV Ascension (アビリティコール, Abiritikōru?, lit. Ability Call) is a skill tree advancement system in Final Fantasy XV comprised of several trees or "nexuses" which contain nodes that unlock abilities or enhancements.

AP is used to unlock most nodes. Red nodes are unlocked during the course of the story and do not require AP. Green nodes represent ally Techniques, which can be equipped and initiated by the player in battle. Yellow and purple nodes represent other abilities and enhancements, with yellow favoring combat abilities and purple favoring passive effects and boosts. Each nexus starts out at an empty central point between the starting nodes, marked by a point of light and connecting lines out. Unlocking a node makes immediately connected nodes available.

AP is shared between all party members and nexuses, allowing the player to spend it however they choose. Learning an ability on the Ascension Grid for the first time earns the New Power achievement/trophy. Activating twenty nodes yields Self-Improved, and activating fifty yields Self-Mastered.

ArmigerEdit

Auto
Armiger
Crystarium Branch 2
24
Iron Armiger
Crystarium Branch 1
48
Armiger Action
24
Armiger Harvester
Auto
Armiger Chain
Crystarium Branch 1
24
Armiger Warchain
Crystarium Branch 3
48
Armiger Chain Reaction
99
Armiger Sagechain
72
Armiger Freechain


Name Effect
Armiger Enter Armiger mode when the Armiger bar is full. Temporarily boosts attributes.
Armiger Action Gain 1 AP every time you use Armiger.
Armiger Chain Special group attack requiring a full Armiger bar.
Armiger Chain Reaction Gain 1 AP every time you use Armiger Chain.
Armiger Freechain Gain unlimited MP for 60 seconds after executing Armiger Chain.
Armiger Harvester Boost Armiger bar gain from attacks by 30%.
Armiger Sagechain Double EXP from Armiger Chain kills.
Armiger Warchain Boost Armiger Chain damage by 50%.
Iron Armiger Reduce Armiger bar depletion during Armiger mode by 30%.

CombatEdit

8
Light Phase
Crystarium Branch 2
99
Experimagic
32
Ultralight Phase
6
Airstep
Crystarium Branch 2
16
Airslip
Crystarium Branch 1
52
Airstride
Crystarium Branch 1
333
Airdance
28
Death Drop
Crystarium Branch 1
52
Osmostrike
16
Blink
Crystarium Branch 2
48
Warp Decoy
Crystarium Branch 1
64
Static Edge
32
Blink Boost
Crystarium Branch 1
333
Impervious
10
Chained Fury
Crystarium Branch 2
24
Warp Factor
Crystarium Branch 2
52
Warp Factor II
Crystarium Branch 1
333
Point-Blank Warp-Strike
24
Daemon Destroyer
28
Stalker
Crystarium Branch 1
64
Super Stalker


Name Effect
Airdance Airstep after attacking an unlimited number of times with a sword or polearm.
Airslip Dodge enemies in midair with the guard button.
Airstep Use the left stick and attack button to step once in midair after attacking with a sword or polearm. Costs MP.
Airstride Perform a second Airstep after a second attack with a sword or polearm.
Blink Phase through an enemy attack without using MP by guarding at the last second.
Blink Boost Using Blink now restores 5 MP.
Chained Fury Boost the damage of each combo hit by 0.3% when at full HP.
Daemon Destroyer Warp-Strike can break daemon appendages.
Death Drop From afar, use the attack button in midair to warp above the enemy and strike down with a sword or polearm.
Experimagic Increase Noctis' MP by the formula MaxMP = BaseMP + CurrentLevel
Impervious Negate damage by guarding immediately after being hit.
Light Phase Reduce MP cost of phasing by 30%.
Osmostrike Recover MP when an aerial attack connects.
Point-Blank Warp-Strike Eliminate the damage modifier penalty of close-range Warp-Strikes.
Stalker Blindside damage increased by 25%.
Static Edge Significantly increase damage dealt while in Stasis.
Super Stalker Blindside damage now increased by 50%.
Ultralight Phase Reduce the cost of phasing by 51%.
Warp Decoy Leave a hologram to divert enemies after warping.
Warp Factor Warp-Strike damage increased by 25%.
Warp Factor II Warp-Strike damage now increased by 50%.

ExplorationEdit

18
Angler Action
Crystarium Branch 2
333
Reel Experience
84
Item Angler
Crystarium Branch 2
99
Sportfishing
555
Expert Item Angler
20
Happy Camping
Crystarium Branch 1
48
Happier Camping
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Fitter Survival
Crystarium Branch 1
999
Fittest Survival
32
Roadrunning
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Roadlife
32
Chocobump
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Chocobonus
32
Chocojockey
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Chocoracer
18
Aftertaste
Crystarium Branch 2
99
Lingering Aftertaste
Crystarium Branch 1
333
Persistent Aftertaste
20
Appetize
12
Snapshot
Crystarium Branch 1
32
Aperture


Name Effect
Aftertaste Extends the effects of camp meals to the following sunrise.
Angler Action Gain 1 AP from catching a fish.
Aperture Grants additional 1 AP if Noctis is in a Snapshot picture.
Appetize Gain 1 AP from cooking a party member's favorite food.
Chocobonus Gain 10 EXP for every ~0.35 miles traveled by chocobo.
Chocobump Gain 1 AP for every 0.875 miles traveled by chocobo.
Chocojockey Gain 1 AP from winning a chocobo race.
Chocoracer Gain 50 EXP from winning a chocobo race.
Expert Item Angler Triple items gained from fishing.
Fitter Survival 25% chance for Gladio to find double items after battle with his Survival skill.
Fittest Survival 50% chance for Gladio to find double items after battle with his Survival skill.
Happier Camping Increases AP gained from camping to 3.
Happy Camping Increases AP gained from camping to 2.
Item Angler Double items gained from fishing.
Lingering Aftertaste Extends food effects from camp to the sunset of the next day.
Persistent Aftertaste Extends food effects from camp to the sunrise after the next day.
Reel Experience Gain EXP for catching fish (each species has its own value).
Roadlife Gain 10 EXP every 0.54 miles traveled by car.
Roadrunning Gain 1 AP every 1.25 miles traveled by car.
Snapshot Take up to 5 photos, generating 5 AP each. A maximum of 5 Snapshot photos can be saved. Consumes 1 segment of the Tech Bar.
Sportfishing Gain extra AP for catching big fish (each species has its own value).

MagicEdit

24
Elementalism
Crystarium Branch 2
48
Magic Level
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Magic Level II
72
Elementality
Crystarium Branch 2
99
Enhanced Elementality
48
Elemagnetism
20
Powercraft
Crystarium Branch 2
99
Extra Powercraft
Crystarium Branch 1
555
Super Powercraft
Crystarium Branch 1
999
Ultimate Powercraft
24
Magic Action
Crystarium Branch 1
333
Bonuspell
Crystarium Branch 1
999
Bonuspell II


Name Effect
Bonuspell Gain an extra spell from crafting.
Bonuspell II Gain an additional extra spell from crafting.
Elemagnetism Increases the chance of draining elemental energy from a foe while using an element-absorbing weapon by 50%.
Elementalism Absorb 20% more energy from elemental deposits.
Elementality Elemental deposit absorption bonus increased to 50%.
Enhanced Elementality Elemental deposit absorption bonus increased to 80%.
Extra Powercraft Spell crafting power increase is now 30.
Magic Action Gain 1 AP every time you cast a spell.
Magic Level Increase Magic for each character by the formula Magic = BaseMagic + CurrentLevel
Magic Level II Increase Magic for each character is now Magic = BaseMagic + (CurrentLevel * 3)
Powercraft Increase power of crafted spells by 10.
Super Powercraft Spell crafting power increase is now 50.
Ultimate Powercraft Spell crafting power increase is now 100.

RecoveryEdit

12
Hang In
Crystarium Branch 1
24
Sprinter
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Distance Runner
20
Savior's Fortitude
Crystarium Branch 2
48
Savior's Force
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Comeback
48
Savior's Vengeance
10
Rapid Regen
Crystarium Branch 3
24
Prompto: First Aid
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Prompto: Advanced First Aid
Crystarium Branch 1
333
Prompto: Expert First Aid
24
Ignis: First Aid
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Ignis: Advanced First Aid
Crystarium Branch 1
333
Ignis: Expert First Aid
24
Gladio: First Aid
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Gladio: Advanced First Aid
Crystarium Branch 1
333
Gladio: Expert First Aid


Name Effect
Advanced First Aid Recover 40% of own HP and boost own Vitality by 200 for 15 seconds when HP is low for the indicated character. All are simply called "Advanced First Aid."
Comeback Taking an ally out of Danger fully restores the ally's HP.
Distance Runner Increase to stamina bar is now 10 seconds.
Expert First Aid Recover 60% of own HP and boost own Vitality and Spirit by 200 for 15 seconds when HP is low for the indicated character. All are simply called "Expert First Aid."
First Aid Recover 20% of own HP when HP is low for the indicated character. All are simply called "First Aid."
Hang In Increase HP recovery rate while hanging from a warp-point position.
Rapid Regen Raise HP and MP recovery rate by 10% in cover.
Savior's Force Taking an ally out of Danger boosts the ally's Strength by 200 for 30 seconds.
Savior's Fortitude Taking an ally out of Danger boosts the ally's Vitality by 200 for 30 seconds.
Savior's Vengeance Taking an ally out of Danger boosts the ally's critical hit rate by 20% for 30 seconds.
Sprinter Increases stamina bar by 5 seconds.

StatsEdit

10
Health Level
Crystarium Branch 4
99
Health Level II
Crystarium Branch 1
333
Health Level III
99
Strength Level
99
Spirit Level
99
Vitality Level
16
Noctis: Accessory Slot
Crystarium Branch 4
333
Noctis: Accessory Slot
16
Prompto: Accessory Slot
Crystarium Branch 1
333
Prompto: Accessory Slot
16
Ignis: Accessory Slot
Crystarium Branch 1
333
Ignis: Accessory Slot
16
Gladio: Accessory Slot
Crystarium Branch 1
333
Gladio: Accessory Slot


Name Effect
Accessory Slot Grants a character an additional accessory slot. Nodes are listed above prefixed with who they are for. All are simply called "Accessory Slot."
Health Level Increase max HP of each character by the formula MaxHP = BaseHP + (CurrentLevel * 2)
Health Level II Increase max HP of each character by the formula MaxHP = BaseHP + (CurrentLevel * 5)
Health Level III Increase max HP of each character by the formula MaxHP = BaseHP + (CurrentLevel * 10)
Spirit Level Increase Spirit of each character by the formula Spirit = BaseSPR + CurrentLevel
Strength Level Increase Strength of each character by the formula Strength = BaseSTR + CurrentLevel
Vitality Level Increase Vitality of each character by the formula Vitality = BaseVIT + CurrentLevel

TeamworkEdit

8
Link Up
Crystarium Branch 2
32
Super Link Up
Crystarium Branch 1
333
Critical Link
Crystarium Branch 1
999
Limitless Link
16
Deathblow
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Ultimate Deathblow
6
First Shot
Crystarium Branch 2
18
Scintilla
Crystarium Branch 1
64
Ballistic
24
Shock Drop
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Sharp Shock
6
Analyze
Crystarium Branch 2
18
Lancet
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Regenerate
24
Venom Fang
Crystarium Branch 1
64
Virulent Venom
6
Reflex
Crystarium Branch 2
18
Engage
Crystarium Branch 1
64
Intercept
24
Antagonize
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Acute Antagonism


Name Effect
Acute Antagonism Increases Antagonize damage modifier to x2.5
Analyze Attempt to inflict Libra on one enemy, using scan time as resistance value. No weapon requirement.
Antagonize Perform a disruptive kick while Noctis is defending (no weapon requirement). Damage modifier: x1.5
Ballistic Unleash a firearm barrage on an area when own HP is high. Damage modifier: x0.4 (every hit)
Critical Link Link-strikes always inflict Critical Hits.
Deathblow Perform powerful attacks against enemies in Vulnerable status (i.e. knocked down).
Engage Perform a powerful pre-emptive greatsword strike. Damage modifier: x2
First Shot Perform a pre-emptive firearm strike that adds 1 segment to the Tech Bar. Damage modifier: x1.5
Intercept Guard Noctis with a shield when own HP is high.
Lancet Counterattack with a polearm and drain 100% of the damage when own HP is low. Damage modifier: x2.5
Limitless Link Allows link-strikes to break the damage limit.
Link Up Boost link-strike damage.
Reflex Perform a disruptive greatsword counterattack. Damage modifier: x2
Regenerate Heal an ally with a hidden item when own HP is high. No weapon requirement.
Scintilla Counterattack with a firearm and inflict Stop when own HP is low. Damage modifier: x2
Sharp Shock Increases Shock Drop damage modifier to x4
Shock Drop Inflict Shocked for 3 seconds on an enemy Noctis is attacking in mid-air using machinery. Damage modifier: x2
Super Link Up Further boost link-strike damage.
Ultimate Deathblow Increases damage dealt by Deathblows.
Venom Fang When Noctis is performing a Blitz combo, Poison the target for 60 seconds with daggers. Damage modifier: x1
Virulent Venom Increases Venom Fang damage modifier to x1.5

TechniquesEdit

48
Tech Strike
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Tech Damage
Crystarium Branch 1
333
Quick Tech
8
Starshell
Crystarium Branch 2
18
Gravisphere
Crystarium Branch 1
72
Trigger-Happy
Crystarium Branch 1
999
Prompto: Limit Break
18
Recoil
8
Regroup
Crystarium Branch 2
18
Enhancement
Crystarium Branch 1
72
Sagefire
Crystarium Branch 1
999
Ignis: Limit Break
18
Overwhelm
8
Dawnhammer
Crystarium Branch 2
18
Royal Guard
Crystarium Branch 1
72
Impulse
Crystarium Branch 1
999
Gladio: Limit Break
18
Cyclone


Name Effect
Cyclone Damage nearby enemies with shield shockwave. Costs 2 Tech Bar segments.
Dawnhammer Powerful greatsword slash. Costs 2 Tech Bar segments.
Enhancement Casts Flameboost, Frostboost, or Stormboost on Noctis based on the weaknesses of the player's current target. Costs 1 Tech Bar segment.
Gravisphere Draw enemies in an area to the center with machinery. Costs 2 Tech Bar segments.
Impulse Frontal sweep area attack. Can break limbs. Costs 3 Tech Bar segments.
Limit Break Allow character's techniques to break the damage limit. They are prefixed above with who they belong to. All are simply called "Limit Break."
Overwhelm Focuses the party on one enemy at a time. Noctis retains normal attacks. Allies attack with Deathblows. Costs 2 Tech Bar segments.
Quick Tech All Tech Bar replenishment increased by 10%.
Recoil Deal heavy damage to a single enemy with machinery. Can break enemy limbs. Costs 2 Tech Bar segments.
Regroup Gathers allies. Rescues any allies in Danger status and quickly restores HP. Costs 2 Tech Bar segments.
Royal Guard Calls Gladio to protect Noctis with a shield. Costs 1 Tech Bar segment.
Sagefire Devastating Fire attack with daggers. Can break limbs. Costs 3 Tech Bar segments.
Starshell Draws enemy attention in a wide radius with a firearm. Causes Light damage and Enervates daemons. Costs 1 Tech Bar segment.
Tech Damage Adds to the Tech Bar as Noctis takes damage with the formula AmountAdded = Damage / 500
Tech Strike Adds to the Tech Bar when Noctis lands attacks.
Trigger-Happy Area attack with a firearm. Can break limbs. Costs 3 Tech Bar segments.

Wait ModeEdit

18
Warp-Ambush
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Warp-Punish
12
Presto Libra
Crystarium Branch 1
48
Time-Restore
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Time-Freeze
32
Elementalist
Crystarium Branch 1
99
Sage


Name Effect
Elementalist Boost damage inflicted by a scanned enemy's elemental weakness.
Presto Libra Scan enemies even faster when using Libra.
Sage Boost damage inflicted by allies for each enemy scanned.
Time-Freeze Stop the Wait Timer from depleting.
Time-Restore Restore the Wait Timer by defeating an enemy.
Warp-Ambush During Wait Mode, warp-strike an enemy not targeting Noctis to increase the likelihood of breaking its appendage.
Warp-Punish During Wait Mode, warp-strike an enemy with half or less of its HP remaining to increase damage inflicted.

EtymologyEdit

Ascension is a belief held to be true by multiple religions. Since death is the normal end to an individual's life on Earth and the beginning of the afterlife, entering Heaven without dying first is considered exceptional and usually a sign of God's special recognition of the individual's piety.

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