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Scan in Final Fantasy IX.

When it comes to technicks, no adventurer worth his salt would leave house without Libra.
—Rabanastran, Final Fantasy XII

Libra (ライブラ, Raibura?), also known as Scan, or Peep, is a recurring ability in the series. It is often a White Magic spell, but at other times is a separate command ability. It displays an enemy's stats and elemental strengths and weaknesses. In the later 3D installments one could rotate a scanned enemy around to see it from all sides. Depending on the game, some enemies are not affected by Libra, usually bosses or higher-level enemies.

Libra should not be confused with Scan. Libra was translated as Scan in earlier games, but more recent translations have made the two abilities distinct. The key difference is that Libra is usually a spell while Scan is a command ability, and Scan occasionally has a more potent effect, such as working on all enemies at once or removing an enemy's status effects similar to Dispel.

AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy IIIEdit

Libra is a Level 4 White Magic spell purchased in Gysahl, Northeast Saronia, and Doga's Village for 3,000 gil in both the NES and DS versions.

Final Fantasy IVEdit

Libra is a White Magic spell that has a casting time of 0 and costs 1 MP to cast. All characters who can learn White Magic can learn Libra, except for Rydia. Libra can be cast by Zemus's Breath and Li'l Murderer. In the DS, iOS and Android versions, Libra functions the similar way as Scan does in Final Fantasy X, as it continues to show the stats for the rest of the battle.

In the SNES release, the spell is called Peep, while it is known as Scan in the PS, GBA and PSP releases.

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-Edit

Libra returns as a White Magic spell in the sequel of Final Fantasy IV. Cecil along with Rosa and Porom already know the spell. It displays the target's vital statistics, including Level, HP, statuses, and elemental weaknesses of a single target at the cost of 1 MP.

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

Libra can be utilized by various characters throughout the game, and costs 1 MP to cast. It functions in the same manner as it did in Final Fantasy IV.

Final Fantasy VEdit

Libra is a Level 1 White Magic spell that can first be purchased in Tule. Libra can be cast by Omniscient, Siren, and Tiny Mage.

Final Fantasy VIEdit

Libra is an Effect spell, it was called Scan in the SNES release, can only be taught by the Esper Kirin at a rate of x5. Celes learns it naturally at level 18. It costs 3 MP to cast and is vulnerable to Runic. Number 024 is the only enemy in the game to use this spell.

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

The Libra Materia detects enemy targets' statuses. As in Final Fantasy VIII, the target's HP will be displayed as ????? if it is higher than 99,999, and the proper HP will be displayed when the target's HP falls below this amount.

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

Scan is a magic that can be used to see enemies' stats. It can also be used to rotate the enemy or teammate in 360 degrees, except for Selphie for decency reasons. If an enemy's HP is greater than 99,999, its HP will be displayed as ????? until it falls below 99,999; also, Scan has two animations that can be altered in the config section of the menu.

Scan is notably one of the few spells in the game that cannot be refined from items and must be drawn; the only others being Float and Apocalypse. Casting Scan in battle also doesn't affect GF compatibility.

Scan
Draw from Bite Bug, Glacial Eye, Fastitocalon, Fastitocalon-F, Elite Soldier
Draw Points Timber alley behind the pub.
Refine N/A
HP-J Str-J Vit-J Mag-J Spr-J Spd-J Eva-J Hit-J Luk-J
+1 +0.05 +0.05 +0.05 +0.05 +0.03 +0.02 +0.03 +0.03
Elem-Atk-J Elem-Def-J ST-Atk-J ST-Def-J
No effect No effect No effect No effect

Final Fantasy IXEdit

Scan is one of the few White Magic spells only Dagger can use. It can be learned from the Air Racket or Desert Boots for 25 AP, and costs 4 MP to cast. It can be reflected and works with Return Magic. Scan can also be cast by Lani.

Scan will always miss most bosses.

Final Fantasy XEdit

Scan is located in Kimahri's section of the Sphere Grid, and gives a detailed description of the enemy, which includes current HP, maximum HP, strength, magic, elemental resistances and possible Ronso Rages Kimahri can learn. It also adds the Scan status effect when cast on an enemy target, which allows the player to see the enemy's current and maximum HP, elemental affinities, and any status effects the enemy has while targeting it, which lasts throughout the battle.

Some enemies are immune to it, although unlike in some titles, this is not determined by their HP value but is specifically set. An enemy can be immune to Scan without being immune to Sensor, or vice versa, although the two immunities usually go hand-in-hand.

If the enemy's HP is extremely high, the Sensor and Scan displays may exhibit minor graphical glitches. The easiest way to observe this is to hack the game to increase an enemy's HP or remove a high HP enemy's immunity, but it can be done genuinely by repeatedly raising the HP of a Yu Pagoda.

Final Fantasy X-2Edit

Libra is a command ability used by Yuna's Floral Fallal dressphere. It functions almost identically to Scan, in that it allows the player to see the target's current and Maximum HP and MP, its classification (if applicable), its elemental affinities, status immunities, and a short description of its appearance and abilities. Libra also has the added benefit of being able to rotate enemy models; something which the standard Scan ability doesn't normally allow without the Auto-ability Scan Lv.2 being learned.

Final Fantasy XIEdit

Examines the target's enmity level.

  • Obtained: Scholar Level 76
  • Recast Time: 1:00

Libra is a level 76 job ability for Scholars in Final Fantasy XI. When used on an enemy, Libra displays enmity values of party members as percentages in the chat window of all party members. The enmity information is only about the party members in the Libra user's party. Libra will not reveal information about alliance members.

  • The party's pets are not included in the calculations by Libra, reducing its value and accuracy in a party that includes pets such as Avatars and Familiars.
  • Libra cannot be used on a target without having it claimed by party or alliance (Trying to do so will give the message, "That action cannot be performed on the current target").
  • Libra itself doesn't appear to generate any enmity when used, similar to the Beastmaster ability Gauge.

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

The character can perceive detailed information about foes. The effect is temporary.
XIILibra

Libra is a Technick that grants a buff that lets the user see the HP, elemental weaknesses, and status enhancements/ailments of most targeted enemies and makes traps visible, but does not reveal what type they are. Libra's license costs 20 LP and the Technick itself can be purchased from Rabanastre for 500 gil.

In the International Zodiac Job System version, Libra can be used by six job classes: Archer, Machinist, Monk, Mononofu, Shikari, and White Mage. White Mage must first acquire the Cúchulainn license, while Mononofu has to acquire the Belias license. Basch can use the ability regardless of his job.

The Bangle accessory grants permanent Libra status; it can be bought for 500 Gil in the Giza Plains.

Bosses (excluding Firemane and Mimic Queen), Marks (excluding Rogue Tomato, Thextera, and Nidhogg) and Rare Game (excluding Helvinek and Midgardsormr) are immune to Libra.

Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

Reveal partial status information on target.
—Description

Libra is a Technique that costs 1 TP to use. It fills up the enemy's information screen the player can access anytime during battle, though it must be cast multiple times if the player wishes to gain every single piece of information on the enemy.

The item Librascope does the same to all enemies and reveals all information at once. The player is rewarded with the Trophy/Achievement Loremaster upon fully revealing 100 enemies' info.

Libra is the first technique the characters learn at Crystarium Level 1. Lightning and Sazh learn Libra in the Ravager role, Snow in the Sentinel, Vanille in the Medic, Hope in the Synergist, and Fang in the Commando role.

The game has a hidden Libra statistic for each and every type of enemy. Certain conditions or abilities will cause this stat to increase. As the Libra stat increases, more information will become available on the Libra screen.

Libra is broken into two stats:

  1. Libra Bonus
  2. Libra Consumption

Libra Bonus is the amount of Libra granted by defeating that enemy, using the TP ability Libra, or using a Librascope. Libra Consumption on the other hand is the required amount of Libra to unlock the next piece of information. Unlocking everything will take, at most, 503 Libra points.

Condition Libra Bonus
Party member defeats an enemy. Varies
A party member attacks or adds a status effect to an enemy with a fully stocked ATB gauge. 5
Use the technique Libra. 200
Use Librascope. 1000
Information Libra Consumed Other methods to obtain
Name 0 None
HP 10 Defeat this type of enemy.
Level 10 Defeat this type of enemy.
Stagger Limit 10 Stagger this type of enemy.
Chain Resistance 10 Stagger this type of enemy.
Elemental Resistance 20 Hit this type of enemy with an elemental attack.
Physical Resistance 10 Hit this type of enemy with a Physical attack.
Magical Resistance 10 Hit this type of enemy with a Magic attack.
Status Resistance 2 Use a status inflicting attack against this type of enemy.
Note 1 40 Varies by Enemy
Note 2 40 Varies by Enemy
Note 3 40 Varies by Enemy
Note 4 40 Varies by Enemy
Item Drop 60 Obtain a dropped item from this type of enemy.
Rare Item 60 Obtain a rare item from this type of enemy.

If the player fulfills the "other methods" condition before the info is revealed via gaining Libra, then this step will be taken out and no longer consume Libra. For instance, if the player obtains an item from an enemy before unlocking Note 4, then Rare Item Drop will become the next piece info to be revealed after Note 4.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit


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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornEdit

There will be a free smartphone app called Libra Eorzea for both iOS and Android (Android version will be released later). The app will act as an item database that will even give quest rewards, crafting recipes, and other useful bits of information.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

Libra is a clan ability that displays traps. It can be gained automatically by having a copy of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance plugged into the DS while playing the game.

Final Fantasy Type-0Edit

Libra is an auto-ability that is available to all player characters. It allows the player to lock onto an enemy and see their name, level, and HP bar. Libra is activated by the R button, and the directional pad is used to change targets.

Final Fantasy DimensionsEdit

Libra is a Level 1 White Magic Spell that requires 1 MP to use. Casting Libra will give you information on the monster's HP and weaknesses. It does not reveal Current HP/Max HP information for any boss, and vice versa for some normal enemies.

Theatrhythm Final FantasyEdit

Libra comes in three levels of power. Libra reveals items held by bosses when a new Dark Note appears in the Chaos Shrine, Lv. 1 revealing one item, Lv. 2 revealing two and Lv. 3 revealing three. Faris learns Libra Lv. 1 at level 60, Prishe at level 55, Aerith and Lightning at level 20. Locke is the only character to learn Libra Lv. 2, learning it at level 30, and Cid alone learns Lv. 3 at level 15.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain CallEdit


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Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's DungeonEdit


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Other AppearancesEdit

Kingdom HeartsEdit

Scan is a recurring ability that Sora can learn in the series. It appears in every game, though Sora automatically knows Scan at the beginning of Chain of Memories and its remake Re:Chain of Memories. Scan displays the HP bar of enemies in battle.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Libra is a shortening of the Japanese romanization of the word "library".

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