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Benediction is the White Mage special job ability in Final Fantasy XI. Benediction is an ultimate form of cure for a party. It will instantly restore all players in a party to 100% HP and, as of the version update on April 17th, 2006, the ability also removes all negative status ailments on party members.
Since this is such a powerful heal, the ability creates a huge amount of enmity against the caster. Generally, the only ability that can create more enmity instantly is the Paladin ability Invincible. The ability is also infamous for superboss Absolute Virtue's access to it, as it could completely negate hours of battle if it used it late in the fight.
Benediction appeared as an ability in the original Final Fantasy XIV. In the original, Benediction was a White Mage ability available after completing the "Chorus of Cataclysm" quest at level 50. When used, the ability fully healed all party members within range. However, due to its ability to heal the entire party to max HP, the ability generated a massive amount of enmity against the caster and had a long recast time of 900 seconds.
Benediction appears in the relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV as a White Mage ability after completing the "Heart of the Forest" job quest at level 50. When used, the ability fully restores the HP of a single party member, no longer affecting all party members, thus significantly reducing the amount of enmity generated. The ability has a casting range of 30 yalms and also has an instant cast time and a recast time of 300 seconds.
Benediction is a Holy Magic spell, usable by the Bishop at job level 8. It fully restores the target's HP. It can be group-cast and damages undead enemies. It costs 24 MP to cast.
"Benediction" comes from Latin and means "to speak well". It is a short invocation for divine help, blessing and guidance, usually at the end of worship service.