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Haste (ヘイスト, Heisuto?), also known as Fast, refers to the status effect that is beneficial to a character in that it allows a character to take a greater amount of action in a given amount of "game time". For example, in games with an ATB Gauge, this means that the ATB gauge is sped up to allow more turns to be taken. In turn-based Final Fantasy games, such as the first three, Haste allows a character to strike more times with their weapons in a single turn.
The Haste status increases a character's hit rate. The higher the level, the higher the chance that the spell will work and the the higher the hit rate.
Haste increases the Attack power of the target based on the power of the spell and increases the target's Attack Multiplier based on the Multiplier and Accuracy of the spell. Changing items in a character's hand will negate the effect of Haste.
Haste is acquired from the level 6 White Magic spell of the same name. Unei can also cast Haste when she joins the party as a guest, and this variant is cast over the entire party. The item Bacchus's Cider can also cast Haste.
- Recipient's Attack + (20 + Recipient's JobLv / 11)%
The status increases a character's ATB gauge's filling-up speed. In 2D versions, it decreases the speed modifier by 3 (default being 16 for all targets), and can only be decreased to 12, making the ATB gauge increase nearly 25% normal speed. The Bardsong Hastemarch casts it on the party, but the user must be above level 40 to use it.
Haste doubles the speed of a party member. The Hermes Sandals also provides Auto Haste, and the upgraded version of Haste, known as Hastega, casts Haste on the entire party in one go.
The status increases the speed of the afflicted. Aside from the spell, it is also granted via Running Shoes, which grants Haste. If a target is immune to Slow, they are also immune to Haste. The Haste status decreases the attacker's hit rate on the affected by 25% apart from the game versions affected by the Evade bug. Haste status does not increase the speed of which Cyan Garamond's Bushido gauge fills. Haste will affect the Doom status, accelerating the countdown timer on the afflicted.
Haste is a status which increases the target's speed making their ATB gauge fill out twice as fast as normal. As a downside all timed effects like Barrier and Slow-numb run out double the pace. Interestingly enough, if a target is immune to Haste, the target will also be immune to Slow.
As well as the spell, Red XIII's Limit Break, Lunatic High, also grants the Haste status. The Enemy Skill Big Guard also grants Haste to the party, with the added benefits of Barrier and MBarrier. The item Speed Drink casts Haste and the accessory Sprint Shoes also grants Auto Haste. The effect can be removed by DeSpell.
Haste is a status which increases the characters' speed. It is gained through the spell of the same name, from the Mad Rush command ability, from the Auto Haste junction ability, or from Quistis's Limit Break Mighty Guard when the Crisis Level is anything above level 1. It lasts for 32 seconds, but also makes other buffs wear off faster.
Haste is a status increases the afflicted's speed. It is applied via the White Magic spell exclusive to Eiko, through the use of the auto-ability Auto Haste, and via Carbuncle along with Reflect by equipping Eiko with the Emerald.
Haste is a status which increases the frequency a player receives an attack round. It is a spell learned on Tidus's section of the Sphere Grid, along with the upgraded Hastega. It can also be granted through the use of the Auto Haste ability, as well as the SOS Haste ability when HP is low.
If a character is Hasted at the end of battle their victory pose animation is sped up.
Haste is a status which increases the speed of players. It is also granted through the use of SOS Haste (only after passing through all the gates on Highroad Winds Garment Grid) and Auto Haste (only after passing through all the gates on Mounted Assault Garment Grid). It is shown in battle as the ATB bar turning red for no-wait abilities.
|Haste||White Magic||Increases speed of target.|
|Hastega||White Magic||Grants Haste to party.|
|Assault||Swordplay||Grants Berserk, Shell, Haste, and Protect to the party.|
|Jitterbug||Dance||Grants Haste to party as long as user is dancing.|
|Moogle Regen||Mascot||Grants Haste and Regen to one ally.|
|Moogle Regenja||Mascot||Grants Haste and Regen to party.|
|Floral Rush||Floral Fallal||Grants Haste to party.|
|Booster||Machina Maw||Grants Haste to party.|
|Pumice Feather||Full Throttle||Inflicts Haste to party.|
|Express||Psychic||Grants Haste to user as well as increasing Accuracy and Evasion by 10.|
|Haste Bangle||Accessory||Grants SOS Haste.|
|Speed Bracer||Accessory||Grants Haste at the start of battle.|
|Wring||Accessory||Grants Haste, but at a price.|
|Chocobo Wing||Mix||Casts Haste on all party.|
|Final Wall||Mix||Casts Protect, Shell, Reflect, and Haste on all party members.|
Faced for the first time with real-time combat, Haste is useful and controversial to the playerbase, and appears in a number of different forms. Haste functions for unknown reasons on a hexadecimal scale of 1024 units, but is viewable to the players as a rough percentage value instead of a literal numeric value. For example, Haste+5% is actually equal to 50 in 1024 parts, or a real increase of only 4.88%. All of these forms of Haste stack onto one another unless otherwise noted. Specific forms of Haste have defined caps, and an overall cap of roughly Haste+80%.
The literal Haste status, better known as Magical Haste, only decreases the delay of a character's attack rounds and spell recasting time. They do not affect the pace at which a player may launch a ranged attack, nor does the reduction in weapon delay reduce the amount of TP gained per swing, nor does it reduce the casting time of spells. Haste in this form can be obtained through the Haste spell cast on a single target (150/1024, theoretically +15%), or the Bard's two stackable March songs (combined 200/1028, or 9%+11% under normal conditions) to all members of a party within the Bard's area of effect.
The cap on Magical Haste is an awkward 448 of 1024 parts, or about 43.75%. Refueling and Animated Wail, Blue Magic spells, grant 10% and 15% bonuses to haste, respectively. Furthermore, the Garuda summon can cast the quickly fleeting Hastega spell, affecting all players within its area of effect for the same bonus as the Haste spell.
Haste is also available to players as a literal stat on their weapons and armors. Coined Gear Haste, it functions in the same manner as Magical Haste (it will only reduce a character's attack delay and spell recast), but has an independent cap of 256 parts per 1024. For this reason, some players will choose to create gear sets with a cumulative Haste+26% to compensate for the final 6/1024 parts they would otherwise miss through equipping Haste+25% (250/1024) in gear normally.
Catastrophe, a Weapon Skill specific to the Dark Knight Relic Weapon Scythe, Apocalypse, grants 10/1024 gear haste for a duration after its use depending on the player's TP, making the Dark Knight uniquely relevant in long damage-over-time situations such as Dynamis and Einherjar.
Much like Gear Haste, Haste gained from job abilities, such as the Samurai's Hasso command, have a 256/1024 cap. Such haste is usually coined in-game as an increase in Attack Speed, and as such does not affect the recast timers for spells, but only weapon delay. Again, this does not include ranged weapons. Hasso increases attack speed by 10%. Other abilities such as Desperate Blows and Haste Samba also count toward this kind of Haste. Though Spirit Surge, the Dragoon Two-hour, is technically an ability, it grants 25% worth of Magical Haste.
The term Fast-Cast appears as both a permanent job trait and visibly on gear much like the Haste stat. Fast-Cast differs from the Haste status in that it will not only decrease a player's recasting time for a given spell, but will also shorten the actual casting time of the spell itself. A permanent trait for Red Mages, Fast-Cast makes the job excellent for both tanking and stunning, enabling them to maintain Utsusemi shadows or quickly stun catastrophic enemy attacks. Fast-Cast does not affect attack speed in any manner.
The Dual Wield ability is another job trait available to Ninjas and much more recently Dancers; it can also be found on some armors. Dual Wield lowers the literal Delay stat on any combined pair of one-handed weapons that are being dual-wielded by the player, increasing the frequency of attack rounds at the expense of a dip in TP gain per swing. Though a character may have the Dual Wield trait active, they will not receive its benefits unless two weapons are equipped into the Main and Sub slots in their gear selection (e.g., equipping two katana, an axe and a sword, or a dagger and a club would activate the effect; equipping a sword & shield or a staff & grip will not activate the effect).
Snapshot is another trait originally only available to Rangers, but has more recently appeared like Fast-Cast on actual gear. Unlike normal melee combat which occurs automatically, players are required to fire ranged attacks manually. Each point of Snapshot reduces the delay of ranged weapons by 2% without decreasing the value of TP gained per shot, allowing players to activate a ranged attack sooner than normal.
Hand-to-hand weapons are calculated in a unique manner. A trait specific to Monks and Puppetmasters is called Martial Arts, and each upgrade to the trait reduces the innate delay of a character's hand-to-hand attacks in much the same manner that Dual Wield does, with TP penalty. Monks and Puppetmasters must use hand-to-hand weaponry to activate Martial Arts; equipping staves or daggers, for example, will not activate the trait. At Level 75, with Martial Arts VI, a Monk's hand-to-hand delay is reduced from the innate 400 to 300.
In regard to Desperate Blows, the ability grants an increase to Attack Speed when a Dark Knight is wielding a 2-handed weapon such as a scythe, great sword, or great axe. With the addition of Desperate Blows to the Dark Knight's arsenal, it became possible to achieve Haste levels approaching a 100% reduction in delay. As a Group 2 Merit, Desperate Blows originally was only capable of being raised by 3 points, to an Attack Speed increase of 15%.
This allowed wielders of the Rune Chopper (a great axe) and aforementioned Apocalypse to exploit what has become known as the "DRK Zerg" strategy with few complications (still championed today by Kraken Club owners, a one-handed weapon that may randomly attack up to 8 times in one attack round). When Group 2 merits were raised to allow 5 points of upgrading, it enabled an increase of 25% to Attack Speed.
This would have created a data overflow, wherein the amount of weapon delay reduction the player obtained exceeded the 1024 cap (i.e., an interval of literally 0 seconds passing between attack rounds). Likely, this would have caused said players' consoles to crash as servers would have been unable to compute the data and returned erroneous data packets. In lieu of addressing the issue accordingly, the development team introduced a harsh cap of 80% on all cumulative haste for the entire game (prior to the cap, Haste of about 95% was possible). As the amount of damage produced with a reduction in delay is exponential, the effects were horrendous on the playerbase, effectively killing the DRK Zerg method.
Players could no longer exceed about 824/1024, rendering the Rune Chopper almost worthless and limiting the damage potential of the Apocalypse. The development team's handling of this particular exploit (what was an existing feature of the game) many players consider heinous, who see themselves as being wrongfully punished for a lack of foresight in regard to the issues Desperate Blows may have prompted.
The flow of time for the character is hastened, reducing time required to act. The effect is temporary.
Haste boosts the speed of charge time by 50%. Haste can be stacked with Berserk to further reduce charge time. Haste can be removed with Dispel, Dispelga, and Slow, and can be gained by casting Haste, Hastega, using a Hastega Mote, and equipping Hermes Sandals, as well as the Caliper weapon.
Haste requires the Time Magick 5 license for 40 LP and can be bought in Rabanastre, Nalbina, Eruyt Village or Mt Bur-Omisace for 3,400 gil. In the Zodiac versions, it requires the Time Magick 4 license for 50 LP. It can be found in the Eruyt Village (Fane of the Path). It can be used by the Time Battlemage.
Hastega can also be learned which casts the Haste effect on the whole party. It requires the Time Magick 7 license for 110 LP; it can be bought at Dalmasca Estersand (after the events at Pharos at Ridorana) for 16,600 gil. In the Zodiac versions, it requires the Time Magick 10 license for 125 LP. It can be found in the Great Crystal (Uldobi Phullam Pratii). It can be used by the Time Battlemage and Machinist.
Haste increases a unit's Speed and is gained from Ashe's Hastega spell, which she learns at level 35.
Haste raises charge speed of the ATB gauge by 33%. It can be granted by using a Phoenix Blood item to revive a character. The Hermes Sandals accessory also grants Haste when a character's HP is HP Critical. Additionally, Haste is granted at the start of battle if the player strikes the enemy first in a Random encounter.
Haste can be cast by equipping the accessory Thorn of Speed found in Dead Dunes while exploring the Temple Ruins. The effect only lasts the first minutes of the battle. There are a few items that can be used to grant Haste, they are the Haste Potion that heals a small amount and provides Haste; Phoenix Wing item that revives and gives Haste; or Hero's Potion or Elixir that heal and give buffs.
Another method is to steal the status from a Hasted opponent with the Brave Thief auto-ability obtained from Mage Hunter's Mask, Warrior Hunter's Mask and Bandit Scarf accessories, or the Battleaxe of the Believer weapon.
Haste increases the Charge Time (CT) recovery rate of a unit. The Speed stat for calculating CT becomes 3/2*Speed. Haste can be given to any unit through the abilities Haste, Hasteja, or by equipping the weapon Excalibur. Haste lasts for 32 ticks.
Same as status Slow, Haste does not affect the CT of actions which does not commence instantly, including Jump. Weapon and ability whose power related to user's Speed such as Bow, dagger, Ninja Blade and Stealing are also unaffected by it.
The haste status increases a unit's CT recovery rate. It can be given through the use of Haste, Hastega, Red Spring, and Last Haste.
Haste can be achieved through the use of the support ability Critical: Haste, the Time Mage spells Haste and Hastega, the Tinker ability Red Spring, or through the enemy abilities Go-Go Dance, Light Curtain, Scurry, and Sheol.
Haste can be fused in both single and multiplayer mode. In single player mode, the player must have three open slots for Life and two Cure spells. Using the fuse function, the three spells will fuse as Haste. In multiplayer mode the same spells are used, each by one player. Haste increases the players speed by 1.5 and cuts attack and magic casting by half.
Haste halves the time needed for the ATB gauge to fill. It is bestowed by many support Soul Breaks, such as Shout, as well as the spell Haste. Its minimum duration is 20 seconds, with an extra 1 second added to the duration for every 40 MND the user of the skill has.
- Cards that cause Haste
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit
The Haste status increases the time between turns. The status is shown with a red outline on the character, in the same manner of Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI.
In Popular CultureEdit
In the Castle of Ordeals, Red Mage made it appear that he had hasted the zombie dragon into red shift, making him fossil fuel in seconds, earning Black Mage respect, before losing it when he revealed it was just an illusion, and that stacked haste spells only boost the time the spell lasts, not the potency.