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Attack enemies by channeling the power of the surrounding area.
—Description

FFV Gaia Icon iOS Gaia (ちけい, Chikei?, lit. Terrain), also known as Terrain and Earth, is the ability of Geomancer job in Final Fantasy V. It is an offensive skillset whose effects vary depending on the terrain on which the current battle is taking place. There may be several different Gaia effects that may take place in a single type of battlefield.

Mechanics Edit

The Gaia command is useful, especially in the hands of a spell caster. It has a random effect, based on the current location's environment and the caster's level. The effects caused by the command vary, causing something as simple as minor damage to inflicting instant death. Regardless, this command is based on the user's Magic Power and costs no MP, so it is a cheap alternative to magic.

The abilities are randomly selected depending on the current terrain and the character's level. The higher the character's level, the better abilities can be used. To choose which ability to use, the game generates a random number between 0 and the character's level. Each area has four abilities which can be used. If the random number is 0-10, Ability 1 is used; if between 11-20 Ability 2 is used; between 21-50 Ability 3 is selected; the Ability 4 of the set can thus only be used if the character is at level 51 or above.

List of abilities Edit

Default sorting is alphabetical. Sort by Terrain to see which abilities happen in the same terrain. Sort by Effect to separate single-attacks, multi-attacks and special effects; attack abilities will also get sorted by element.

Ability Images Terrain Effect Power
Bindweed
(Vine Hell)
Bindweed Forests Disable: Inflicts Slow and non-elemental damage to one enemy. Unblockable
Branch Arrow Branch Arrow Forests Attack one: Non-elemental-damage to one enemy. 53
Branch Spear Branch Spear Forests Attack one: Non-elemental damage to one enemy. 150
Leaf Dance
(Rage)
(Leaf Dance)
Leaf SwirlFFV Forests Disable: Wind damage to all enemies. 99% chance to inflict Darkness. Unblockable
Burning Sands
(Desert Storm)
(Heat Sand)
Burning Sands Deserts Attack all: Wind and Earth damage to all enemies. 150
Desert Storm
(Maelstrom)
Desert Storm Deserts Attack all: Reduces all enemy's HP to a single digit.
Quicksand Quicksand Geomancer Deserts Attack all: Instant Death to all enemies. Fails against Heavy-types. Unblockable
Sandstorm
(Dust)
(Dust Storm)
SandstormFFV Deserts Disable: Wind and Earth damage to all enemies; 50% to inflict Blind. Unblockable
Big Wave
(Big Tsunami)
Big WaveFFV Beaches, Ocean, Ship Graveyard, Walse Tower Attack all: water damage to all enemies. 90/120
Tsunami TsunamiGaia Beaches, Ocean, Ship Graveyard, Walse Tower Attack all: Water damage to all enemies. 38
Waterfall Waterfall Beaches, Ocean, Ship Graveyard Attack all: Water elemental damage to all enemies. 120
Whirlpool Whirlpool Beaches, Ocean, Ship Graveyard, Walse Tower, Guido's Cave, Istory Falls Attack one: Reduces one enemy's HP to a single digit.
Bottomless Bog
(Bottomless Swamp)
Bottomless Bog Swampland Attack all: Instant Death to all enemies. Fails against Heavy-types. Unblockable
Poison Mist Poison Mist Swampland, Pyramid of Moore Attack all: Poison damage to all enemies and 99% chance to inflict Poison. Unblockable
Sonic Boom Sonic BoomFFV Plains, Towers, The Void, Castle Exdeath, Cleft of Dimension, Pyramid of Moore, Ship Graveyard, Library of the Ancients Attack one: Reduces one enemy's HP to 1/4 of total HP. Unblockable
Earthquake Earthquake-FFVA Plains, Fire-Powered Ship, Drakenvale, North Mountain Attack all: Earth damage to all non-flying enemies. 90
Gust GustFFV Plains, Drakenvale, North Mountain, Fire-Powered Ship, Castle Exdeath, Tule Area, The Void, Castle Basements, Big Bridge Attack one: Wind damage to one enemy. 38
Twister
(Tornado)
TwisterFFV Plains, Towers, The Void, Drakenvale, North Mountain, Fire-Powered Ship, Big Bridge, Cleft of Dimension Attack one: Reduces one enemy's HP to a single digit.
Wind Slash
(Gale Cut)
Wind Slash-FFVA The Void, Towers, Plains, Castle Exdeath, Ronka Ruins, Castles, Big Bridge, Caves, Mountains. Attack all: Wind damage to all enemies. 90
Cave-In
(Cave-in)
Cave-InFFV Drakenvale, North Mountain, Pyramid of Moore, Caves, Istory Falls Attack all: Earth damage to all enemies. Hits up to 4 times. Unblockable
Stalactite Stalactite Caves, Istory Falls, Cleft of Dimension, Castle Exdeath Attack one: Non-elemental damage to one enemy. 120
Ignus Fatuus
(Will o' Wisp)
(Will-o-Wisp)
Ignus Fatilus Swampland, Caves, Pyramid of Moore, Mountain Caves, Interdimensional Rift, Istory Falls, Ship Graveyard, Library of the Ancients Disable: Fire damage to one enemy; 50% chance to inflict Confuse. Unblockable
Phantom
(Faen Fantom)
FFV GBA Phantom Beaches, Walse Tower Kills one enemy, but it doesn't always work.

Final Fantasy V: Algorithms/Stats FAQ by instructrtrepe contains a list of all Gaia ability sets

Other appearances Edit

Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade Edit

FFAB

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Etymology Edit

Gaia was the goddess or personification of Earth in ancient Greek religion, one of the Greek primordial deities. Gaia was the mother of all: the heavenly gods, the Titans and the Giants were born from her union with Uranus (the sky), while the sea-gods were born from her union with Pontus (the sea). The Greek word "γαῖα" (transliterated as gaia or gaea) is a collateral form of "γῆ" meaning Earth. Her equivalent in the Roman pantheon was named Gaea (Terra in more ancient documents). This is alluded to in Final Fantasy IX with the existence of Gaia's twin world.

The mythological name Gaia was revived in 1979 by James Lovelock, whose Gaia hypothesis proposes that living organisms and inorganic material are part of a dynamic system that shapes the Earth's biosphere, and maintains the Earth as a fit environment for life. In some Gaia theory approaches the Earth itself is viewed as an organism with self-regulatory functions. This theory is especially alluded to in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within's take on Gaia as the planet's soul.

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