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Independent Materia are a type of Materia in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII and are one of the five basic Materia categories. Independent Materia includes those which provide stat boosts and those with passive effects. This type of Materia is a light purple or pink in color.
Independent Materia first appears in Final Fantasy VII. It adds support abilities to characters without needing to be paired with other materia, unlike Support Materia. Among its abilities are stat boosts, Cover and Counterattack.
There is no explicit use of Independent Materia's abilities in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, though some Independent Materia appears along with other Materia in a box full of them.
Independent Materia has a much smaller role in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-. It does not provide significant auto-abilities, but it does provide the usual stat boosts like other Materia. As is the case with many Materia in Before Crisis, the boosts of these Materia alter based on levels.
Independent Materia also appears in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, and operates similar to in Final Fantasy VII, but is expanded upon: stat boost maximums can be strengthened further via Materia Fusion. Independent Materia does not provide auto-abilities but does provide stat boosts and Digital Mind Wave enhancements.
Materia means "matter" or "substance" in Latin. It also means "subject" or "matter" in Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.