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When it comes to technicks, no adventurer worth his salt would leave house without Libra.
Libra (ライブラ, Raibura?), also known as Scan, Peep, or Intel, 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.
Determines target's HP and weakness.
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 3D 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 2D remakes.
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.
Determines target's HP, MP, and weakness.
Reveals the target's level, HP, MP, and elemental weaknesses.
Libra (Scan in the SNES release) is an effect spell and 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.
The Libra Materia detects enemy targets' statuses. 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.
Scan enemy's HP and weakness
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.
|Draw from||Bite Bug, Glacial Eye, Fastitocalon, Fastitocalon-F, Elite Soldier|
|Draw points||Timber alley behind the pub.|
|No effect||No effect||No effect||No effect|
Scan enemy to determine HP, MP, and weaknesses.
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.
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.
View detailed information about one enemy.
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.
Examines the target's enmity level.
Libra is a level 76 job ability for Scholars. 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. It has a recast time of 1:00.
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.
The character can perceive detailed information about foes. The effect is temporary.
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 Zodiac versions, Libra can be used by six job classes: Archer, Machinist, Monk, Bushi, 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.
Reveal partial status information on target.
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.
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:
- Libra Bonus
- 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.
|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|
|Information||Libra Consumed||Other methods to obtain|
|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.
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.
Intel 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. Intel is activated by the R button, and the directional pad is used to change targets.
Libra is a level 1 White Magic Spell that requires 1 MP to use. Casting Libra will give 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.
Libra comes in three levels of power. Libra reveals items held by bosses when a new Dark Note appears in the Chaos Shrine, Lv1 revealing one item, Lv2 revealing two and Lv3 revealing three. Faris learns Libra Lv1 at level 60, Prishe at level 55, Aerith and Lightning at level 20. Locke is the only character to learn Libra Lv2, learning it at level 30, and Cid alone learns Lv3 at level 15.
The Libra ability can either be cast from spellbooks in dungeons, or by the Scholar job, once it is obtained.
Kingdom Hearts seriesEdit
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 all enemies and bosses in battle.
Libra is a shortening of the Japanese romanization of the word "library".