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Ashe has fully charged Cure, but the spell is not executed because Fran is casting Flare, the spell with the highest effect index.

Effect Capacity is a hidden measure in Final Fantasy XII to determine how many actions - other than basic attacks - can be executed simultaneously. If the total effect index exceeds the maximum capacity of 8, the action charged last can only be executed when the earliest action ends. This is likely due to the hardware limitation of the PlayStation 2 being unable to handle too much graphical processing.

The effect index for most tier 1 magick spells is 1, tier 2 (-ra) 2, tier 3 (-ga) 4 and the strongest spells 8, meaning the most advanced magick can only be executed exclusively when no other special actions are taking place. Some animations such as Darkga and Graviga may look simple, but have higher effect indices than other -ga magick spells.

Because this system hinders player from performing special actions or magick spells, the player is encouraged to opt for weaker spells, especially when fighting the enemies who rely greatly on basic melee attack. For example, casting Cura and Curaga under Faith status instead of Curaja is more efficient because they cost 3 effect capacity units and consume less MP (32+28=60) altogether, compared to 4 effect index and 68 MP of the latter. Knowing the enemy's pattern allows skillful players to stall the enemy by saturating the effect capacity, regardless of the enemy-exclusive skills with zero charge time.

Effect IndicesEdit

Effect Index 1Edit

Ability Class Abilities
White Magick Cure, Curaga, Raise, Esuna, Blindna, Vox, Poisona, Stona, Cleanse, Dispel, Regen
Black Magick Fire, Blizzard, Thunder, Water
Time Magick Haste, Slow, Stop, Break, Countdown
Green Magick Protect, Shell, Bravery, Faith, Blind, Silence, Sleep, Poison, Oil
Arcane Magick Dark, Reverse, Berserk, Confuse, Decoy, Vanish
Technicks All, excluding Shades of Black and Telekinesis
Items
Potion, Ether, Remedy, Phoenix Down, Gold Needle, Echo Herbs, Antidote, Alarm Clock, Handkerchief, Chronos Tear, Smelling Salts, Vaccine, Bacchus's Wine

Effect Index 2Edit

Magick Class Spells
White Magick Cura, Arise, Dispelga
Black Magick Aero, Fira, Blizzara, Thundara, Bio
Time Magick Slowga, Immobilize, Disable, Reflect, Bleed
Green Magick Protectga, Shellga
Arcane Magick Death, Bubble, Drain, Syphon
Items
Hi-Potion, Hi Ether, Knot of Rust, Red Fang, Blue Fang, White Fang

Effect Index 4Edit

Magick Class Spells
White Magick Curaja, Renew, Esunaga
Black Magick Aeroga, Firaga, Blizzaga, Thundaga, Shock
Time Magick Hastega, Reflectga, Float, Balance
Green Magick Blindga, Silencega, Sleepga, Toxify
Arcane Magick Darkra, Gravity, Vanishga
Items
X-Potion, Elixir, Megalixir

Effect Index 8Edit

Magick Class Spells
White Magick Holy
Black Magick Scourge, Flare, Ardor, Scathe
Time Magick Warp
Arcane Magick Darkga, Graviga
Items Misc.
Eksir Berries, Dark Matter Summon, Quickening, Boss & Esper's ultimate attack

NotesEdit

  • Actions which ignore these mechanics include any basic regular attack regardless of element, Telekinesis, enemy exclusive Technicks such as Rush, Lunge, Ram, Rake, Kick, Gnaw and Poke.
  • In the International Zodiac Job System, some spells have been re-categorized into different magick classes, but the effect index remains the same.
  • All magickal Motes and the magicks drawn by Shades of Black have the same effect index as the correlating spell.

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