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IX

FFIX Magic Stone

Zidane's support ability menu.

FFIX Magic Stone Icon

Support abilities (サポートアビリティ, Sapōto Abiriti?) in Final Fantasy IX work automatically in the background when equipped via Magic Stones. Each playable character has a unique pool of support abilities that enhance their abilities in combat; for example, a physical fighter like Adelbert Steiner learns abilities that augment his HP and Killer abilities to deal more damage to certain types of enemies, while a mage type character like Dagger learns abilities that augment her MP and make her summon attacks stronger.

FFIX Unequipped Support Ability Icon
FFIX Support Ability Icon
FFIX Support Ability Gray Out Icon

Support abilities can be equipped from the Abilities section from the menu, and not all abilities can be equipped at once for the number of Magic Stones is limited. Party members learn new abilities from certain equipment pieces, and more Magic Stones by leveling up. Eiko can boost the number of Magic Stones she gets via the Marcus-Eiko stat bug.

Support abilities are usually available from multiple equipment pieces, and not everyone can equip every piece; e.g. only mage-types can equip magical equipment, and only knight-type characters can equip heavy armor. Equipping multiple equipment pieces that teach the same ability boosts the rate the ability is learned. All support abilities take the same number of Magic Stones to equip regardless of party member, but the required Ability Points required vary, e.g. Quina requires far more AP to learn High Tide than anyone else. Guest characters cannot be assigned support abilities.

List of support abilitiesEdit

Name Effect Learned from Learned by Magic Stones
Auto-Reflect
Automatically casts Reflect in battle.
—Description

Permanent Reflect status throughout battle.
Reflect Ring Zidane for 95 AP
Vivi for 70 AP
Steiner for 95 AP
Dagger for 75 AP
Freya for 95 AP
Quina for 75 AP
Eiko for 70 AP
Amarant for 85 AP
15
Auto-Float
Automatically casts Float in battle.
—Description

Permanent Float status throughout battle.
Venetia Shield
Feather Boots
Zidane for 20
Vivi for 20 AP
Steiner for 20 AP
Dagger for 20 AP
Freya for 20 AP
Quina for 40 AP
Eiko for 25 AP
Amarant for 35 AP
6
Auto-Haste
Automatically casts Haste in battle.
—Description

Permanent Haste status throughout battle.
Running Shoes Zidane for 55
Vivi for 55 AP
Steiner for 65 AP
Dagger for 55 AP
Freya for 75 AP
Quina for 70 AP
Eiko for 65 AP
Amarant for 70 AP
9
Auto-Regen
Automatically casts Regen in battle.
—Description

Permanent Regen status throughout battle. Regen runs even during battle animations.
Golem's Flute
Golden Hairpin
Glutton's Robe
Light Robe
Carabini Mail
Brave Suit
Maiden Prayer
Angel Earrings
Zidane for 25 AP
Vivi for 30 AP
Steiner for 75 AP
Dagger for 35 AP
Freya for 25 AP
Quina for 30 AP
Eiko for 35 AP
Amarant for 35 AP
10
Auto-Life
Automatically casts Life in battle.
—Description

Start battle with Auto-Life status.
Rebirth Ring Zidane for 130 AP
Vivi for 70 AP
Steiner for 155 AP
Dagger for 105 AP
Freya for 125 AP
Quina for 165 AP
Eiko for 100 AP
Amarant for 140 AP
12
HP+10%
Increases HP by 10%.
—Description

Increases max HP by 10%.
Chain Mail
Judo Uniform
Aquamarine
Germinas Boots
Steiner for 20 AP
Freya for 30 AP
Amarant for 10 AP
4
HP+20%
Increases HP by 20%.
—Description

Increases max HP by 20%.
Mantra Band
Genji Helmet
Adaman Hat
Defense Gloves
Maximillian
Black Belt
Battle Boots
Zidane for 40 AP
Steiner for 60 AP
Freya for 75 AP
Amarant for 40 AP
8
MP+10%
Increases MP by 10%.
—Description

Increases max MP by 10%.
Magician Cloak
Magician Robe
Emerald
Magician Shoes
Extension
Freya for 35 AP
Quina for 50 AP
Eiko for 15 AP
4
MP+20%
Increases MP by 20%.
—Description

Increases max MP by 20%.
Black Robe
Angel Earrings
Vivi for 30 AP
Dagger for 45 AP
Eiko for 50 AP
8
Accuracy+
Raises physical attack accuracy.
—Description

Physical attacks always hit, even on Vanish targets.
Diamond Helm
Black Hood
Power Wrist
Genji Armor
Lapis Lazuli
Zidane for 30 AP
Steiner for 40 AP
Freya for 30 AP
Amarant for 30 AP
2
Distract
Lowers enemy’s physical attack accuracy.
—Description

Halves attacker's physical attack accuracy.
Judo Uniform
Shield Armor
Diamond
Reflect Ring
Zidane for 30 AP
Steiner for 30 AP
Freya for 25 AP
5
Long Reach
Back row attacks like front row.
—Description

Attacks from back row deal same damage as front row attacks, and able to hit otherwise out-of-reach targets (like Ozma).
Thief Hat
Protect Ring
Zidane for 170 AP
Steiner for 200 AP
Freya for 210 AP
Amarant for 210 AP
16
MP Attack
Uses own MP to raise Attack Pwr.
—Description

Each attack will use 1/8 of a character's max MP to deal 1.5 times the normal damage.
Red Hat
Cross Helm
Battle Boots
Power Belt
Zidane for 45 AP
Steiner for 50 AP
Freya for 20 AP
Amarant for 60 AP
5
Bird Killer
Deals lethal damage to flying enemies.
—Description

Physical attacks deal 1.5x damage to aerial enemies. Killer abilities do not stack in case an opponent belongs to more than one category.
Bronze Armor
Chain Mail
Adaman Vest
Yellow Scarf
Zidane for 20 AP
Steiner for 25 AP
Freya for 30 AP
Amarant for 10 AP
3
Bug Killer
Deals lethal damage to insects.
—Description

Physical attacks deal 1.5x damage to insect enemies. Killer abilities do not stack in case an opponent belongs to more than one category.
Bronze Helm
Mythril Gloves
Mythril Armlet
Zidane for 35 AP
Steiner for 50 AP
Freya for 25 AP
Amarant for 10 AP
2
Stone Killer
Deals lethal damage to stone enemies.
—Description

Physical attacks deal 1.5x damage to stone enemies. Killer abilities do not stack in case an opponent belongs to more than one category.
Platinum Helm
Adaman Vest
Gold Armor
Power Vest
Zidane for 30 AP
Steiner for 20 AP
Freya for 20 AP
Amarant for 10 AP
4
Undead Killer
Deals lethal damage to undead enemies.
—Description

Physical attacks deal 1.5x damage to undead enemies. Killer abilities do not stack in case an opponent belongs to more than one category.
Headgear
Ritual Hat
Silver Gloves
N-Kai Armlet
Plate Mail
Zidane for 45 AP
Steiner for 30 AP
Freya for 20 AP
Amarant for 10 AP
2
Dragon Killer
Deals lethal damage to dragons.
—Description

Physical attacks deal 1.5x damage to dragon enemies. Killer abilities do not stack in case an opponent belongs to more than one category.
Javelin
Barbut
Freya for 70 AP 3
Devil Killer
Deals lethal damage to demons.
—Description

Physical attacks deal 1.5x damage to demon enemies. Killer abilities do not stack in case an opponent belongs to more than one category.
Cross Helm
Thunder Gloves
Chain Plate
Demon's Vest
Zidane for 25 AP
Steiner for 30 AP
Freya for 30 AP
Amarant for 10 AP
2
Beast Killer
Deals lethal damage to beasts.
—Description

Physical attacks deal 1.5x damage to beast enemies. Killer abilities do not stack in case an opponent belongs to more than one category.
Broadsword
Flash Hat
Leather Wrist
Egoist's Armlet
Platina Armor
Moonstone
Black Belt
Zidane for 30 AP
Steiner for 55 AP
Freya for 25 AP
Amarant for 10 AP
4
Man Eater
Deals lethal damage to humans.
—Description

Physical attacks deal 1.5x damage to human enemies. Killer abilities do not stack in case an opponent belongs to more than one category.
Bandana
Coronet
Mythril Gloves
Coral Ring
Zidane for 25 AP
Steiner for 20 AP
Freya for 20 AP
Amarant for 10 AP
2
High Jump
Jump higher to raise jump attack power.
—Description

Increases damage from Freya's Jump command.
Base = Atk Pwr - Target's Defense[1]
Bonus = Str ... [(Lv + Str) / 8 + Str
Damage = Base * (Bonus * 2)
Dragon Mail Freya for 75 AP 4
Master Thief
Steal better items.
—Description

Chance of obtaining rare items x32, giving 1/8 chance of stealing the item; 2x the chance of obtaining semi-rare items, also giving 1/8 chance of stealing the item.
Thief Gloves Zidane for 50 AP 5
Steal Gil
Steal Gil along with items.
—Description

Gain gil alongside stolen items as per following formula:
0 ... [Zidane's Level * Target's Level / 4][1]
Glass Armlet
Yellow Scarf
Zidane for 40 AP 5
Healer
Restores target's HP.
—Description

Makes Attack command heal targets.
Healing Rod
Anklet
Garnet
Vivi for 20 AP
Dagger for 30 AP
Quina for 60 AP
Eiko for 20 AP
Amarant for 40 AP
2
Add Status
Adds weapon’s status effect (Add ST) when you Attack.
—Description

Chance of inflicting weapon's status to target. For Zidane, only works with daggers. Hit chance depends on weapon.
Bone Wrist
Chimera Armlet
Bracer
Feather Hat
Twist Headband
Glass Buckle
Thunder Gloves
Zidane for 35 AP
Vivi for 25 AP
Steiner for 50 AP
Freya for 25 AP
Quina for 35 AP
Amarant for 20 AP
3
Gamble Defense
Raises Defense occasionally.
—Description

The character's Defense stat changes randomly when attacked between 0 and Defense x2.
Twist Headband
Adaman Hat
Power Vest
Barette
Zidane for 20 AP
Freya for 20 AP
Quina for 40 AP
Amarant for 35 AP
1
Chemist
Doubles the potency of medicinal items.
—Description

Doubles the effect of Potion, Hi-Potion and Ether.
Cotton Robe
Grand Armor
Barette
Madain's Ring
Dagger for 15 AP
Steiner for 20 AP
Freya for 35 AP
4
Power Throw
Raises the strength of Throw.
—Description

Augments Amarant's Throw command.
Bracer Amarant for 125 AP 19
Power Up
Raises the strength of Chakra.
—Description

Doubles the potency of Amarant's Chakra Flair.
Golden Skullcap Amarant for 30 AP 3
Reflect-Null
Nullifies Reflect and attacks.
—Description

Spells bypass targets' Reflect status.
Robe of Lords
Pearl Rouge
Vivi for 30 AP
Dagger for 45 AP
Eiko for 55 AP
7
Reflectx2
Doubles the strength of spells by using Reflect.
—Description

Boosts the power of spells that are reflected.
Black Robe
Rosetta Ring
Vivi for 110 AP 17
Mag Elem Null
Nullifies magic element.
—Description

Renders all used magic spells non-elemental.
Promist Ring
Protect Ring
Vivi for 115 AP 13
Concentrate
Raises the strength of spells.
—Description

Augments Cure, Cura, Curaga, Life and Full-Life, as well as the summon Phoenix's reviving power.
Robe of Lords
Rosetta Ring
Dagger for 80 AP
Eiko for 90 AP
10
Half MP
Cuts MP use by half in battle.
—Description

Halves MP cost of abilities in battle.
Light Robe
Protect Ring
Vivi for 140 AP
Dagger for 125 AP
Quina for 90 AP
Eiko for 120 AP
11
High Tide
Allows you to Trance faster.
—Description

The Trance gauge ranges from 0 (empty) to 255 (full). Every time the user is hit by an enemy (even if it deals no damage) the gauge is filled by:[1]
Rnd MOD Spr
or
Spr (if High Tide is equipped)
Quina's Forks
Partisan
Dark Hat
Grand Helm
Jade Armlet
Genji Gloves
Gaia Gear
Demon's Mail
Minerva's Plate
Sapphire
Zidane for 35 AP
Vivi for 25 AP
Steiner for 35 AP
Dagger for 30 AP
Freya for 20 AP
Quina for 250 AP
Eiko for 30 AP
Amarant for 60 AP
8
Counter
Counter-attacks when physically attacked.
—Description

When hit by a physical attack, the user attacks back with their own physical attack. Counter can be initiated even by missed hits.
If Spr >= Rnd (0...99), Counter attack is initiated.[1]
With Eye 4 Eye, if (Spr * 2) >= Rnd (0...99), Counter attack is initiated.

Counter attacks use the same process of checks and damage calculation that are used by the Attack command.

All of Amarant's claws (apart from Rune Claws)
Ritual Hat
Power Vest
Power Belt
Venetia Shield
Anklet
Zidane for 70 AP
Steiner for 65 AP
Freya for 85 AP
Quina for 55 AP
Amarant for 240 AP
8
Cover
You take damage in place of an ally.
—Description

User intercepts enemy's physical attack on a party member to take damage instead of them. Cover activates when a party member is at 80% HP or below.
Red Hat
Gauntlets
Linen Cuirass
Mythril Armor
Steiner for 20 AP
Freya for 30 AP
Amarant for 90 AP
6
Protect Girls
You take damage in place of a girl.
—Description

Zidane intercepts enemy's physical attack on Dagger, Eiko, Freya or Beatrix. Activates when a female party member is at 50% HP or below.
Butterfly Sword
Leather Shirt
Zidane for 35 AP 4
Eye 4 Eye
Raises Counter activation rate.
—Description

Raises Counter rate. Counter can be initiated even by missed hits.
If Spr >= Rnd (0...99), Counter attack is initiated.[1]
With Eye 4 Eye, if (Spr * 2) >= Rnd (0...99), Counter attack is initiated.
Kaiser Helm
Flash Hat
Ninja Gear
Rubber Suit
Zidane for 60 AP
Steiner for 35 AP
Freya for 35 AP
Amarant for 50 AP
5
Body Temp
Prevents Freeze and Heat.
—Description

Immunizes against Freeze and Heat.
Holy Miter
Jade Armlet
Glutton's Robe
Genji Armor
Diamond
Fairy Earrings
Madain's Ring
Zidane for 25 AP
Vivi for 15 AP
Steiner for 35 AP
Dagger for 25 AP
Freya for 20 AP
Quina for 20 AP
Eiko for 20 AP
Amarant for 30 AP
4
Alert
Prevents back attacks.
—Description

Reduces the chance Back Attacks from 24/256 to 0%.
Barbut
Ninja Gear
Germinas Boots
Zidane for 40 AP
Steiner for 60 AP
Amarant for 30 AP
4
Initiative
Raises the chance of first strike.
—Description

Boosts the party's chance to get a preemptive strike from from 16/256 to 85/256.[1]
Obelisk
Battle Boots
Freya for 95 AP 5
Level Up
Characters level up faster.
—Description

User earns x1.5 EXP from battles.
Iron Helm
Egoist's Armlet
Pearl Rouge
Fairy Earrings
Extension
Rosetta Ring
Zidane for 75 AP
Vivi for 30 AP
Steiner for 50 AP
Dagger for 50 AP
Freya for 40 AP
Quina for 60 AP
Eiko for 65 AP
Amarant for 50 AP
7
Ability Up
Characters learn abilities faster.
—Description

Doubles the amount of Ability Points earned from battles.
Stardust Rod
Green Beret
Diamond Gloves
Silk Robe
Brigandine
Diamond Armor
Cachusha
Ribbon
Lapis Lazuli
Zidane for 95 AP
Vivi for 55 AP
Steiner for 70 AP
Dagger for 60 AP
Freya for 65 AP
Quina for 40 AP
Eiko for 55 AP
Amarant for 90 AP
3
Millionaire
Receive more Gil after battle.
—Description

Receive x1.5 gil after battle.
Yellow Scarf Quina for 100 AP 5
Flee-Gil
Receive Gil even when running from battle.
—Description

Party to wins Gil from a battles even when they escape by the player holding down L1 and R1. Has no effect on Flee. If Quina is also in the party, with the Millionaire ability the party will gain extra gil from fleeing in this manner.
Wrist
Desert Boots
Gold Choker
Zidane for 45 AP
Amarant for 30 AP
3
Guardian Mog
Mog protects with unseen forces.
—Description

Removes Eiko's status ailments before EXP and AP are given at the end of battle. Even though Eiko can learn the ability early it does not function until the party receives the first Ribbon item.
Ribbon
Madain's Ring
Eiko for 30 AP 3
Insomniac
Prevents Sleep.
—Description

Immunizes against Sleep.
Mythril Helm
Bandana
Diamond Helm
Holy Miter
Magician Cloak
Gaia Gear
Coral Ring
Zidane for 30 AP
Vivi for 25 AP
Steiner for 25 AP
Dagger for 25 AP
Freya for 30 AP
Quina for 40 AP
Eiko for 25 AP
Amarant for 20 AP
5
Antibody
Prevents Poison and Venom.
—Description

Immunizes against Poison and Venom. Equipping it after the status effect has been afflicted does not remove said status effects.
Mythril Helm
Mantra Band
Bronze Gloves
Glass Armlet
Survival Vest
Glutton's Robe
Glass Buckle
Zidane for 20 AP
Vivi for 30 AP
Steiner for 35 AP
Dagger for 15 AP
Freya for 15 AP
Quina for 20 AP
Eiko for 20 AP
Amarant for 25 AP
4
Bright Eyes
Prevents Darkness.
—Description

Immunizes against Darkness. Equipping it after the status effect has been afflicted does not remove said status effect.
Feather Hat
Iron Helm
Ritual Hat
Cachusha
Zidane for 35 AP
Steiner for 25 AP
Freya for 20 AP
Amarant for 25 AP
4
Loudmouth
Prevents Silence.
—Description

Immunizes against Silence. Equipping it after the status effect has been afflicted does not remove said status effect.
Mage's Hat
Golden Hairpin
Silk Robe
White Robe
Pearl Rouge
Vivi for 40 AP
Dagger for 20 AP
Quina for 30 AP
Eiko for 15 AP
4
Restore HP
Restores HP automatically when Near Death.
—Description

If the user has 1/6 of their max HP or less remaining and they take damage from an enemy attack and survive, they recover 50% of their max HP.
Platinum Helm
Minerva's Plate
Brave Suit
Grand Armor
Promist Ring
Zidane for 85 AP
Steiner for 100 AP
Freya for 85 AP
Amarant for 75 AP
8
Jelly
Prevents Petrify and Gradual Petrify.
—Description

Immunizes against Petrify and Gradual Petrify. Equipping it after the status effect has been afflicted does not remove said status effect.
Dark Hat
Circlet
Diamond Gloves
Dragon Wrist
Bronze Vest
Mythril Armor
Dark Gear
Zidane for 35 AP
Vivi for 25 AP
Steiner for 30 AP
Dagger for 40 AP
Freya for 30 AP
Quina for 35 AP
Eiko for 35 AP
Amarant for 15 AP
4
Return Magic
Returns magic used by enemy.
—Description

If hit by an enemy spell, the user counterattacks with the same spell. Uses no MP and the caster does not need to know the spell.
Coronet
Brigandine
Vivi for 90 AP
Amarant for 170 AP
9
Absorb MP
Absorbs MP used by enemy.
—Description

When Quina has no MP, s/he gains MP when struck by an enemy's spell. The amount of MP restored is equal to the MP needed to cast that spell.
Promist Ring Quina for 80 AP 6
Auto-Potion
Automatically uses Potion when damaged.
—Description

Uses a Potion when hit. If there are no Potions, uses Hi-Potion instead.
Mythril Vest
Magician Robe
Demon's Vest
White Robe
Running Shoes
Gold Choker
Extension
Zidane for 30 AP
Vivi for 10 AP
Steiner for 20 AP
Dagger for 20 AP
Freya for 30 AP
Quina for 20 AP
Eiko for 30 AP
Amarant for 30 AP
Locomotion
Prevents Stop.
—Description

Immunizes against Stop.
Black Hood
Golden Skullcap
Survival Vest
Plate Mail
Demon's Vest
Ninja Gear
Anklet
Zidane for 30 AP
Vivi for 35 AP
Steiner for 35 AP
Dagger for 30 AP
Freya for 25 AP
Quina for 20 AP
Eiko for 15 AP
Amarant for 20 AP
4
Clear Headed
Prevents Confusion.
—Description

Immunizes against Confusion.
Gold Helm
Lamia's Tiara
Green Beret
Circlet
Magic Armlet
Dark Gear
Magician Shoes
Zidane for 25 AP
Vivi for 15 AP
Steiner for 30 AP
Dagger for 25 AP
Freya for 35 AP
Quina for 25 AP
Eiko for 15 AP
Amarant for 30 AP
5
Boost
Raises strength of eidolons.
—Description

Shows eidolons' full length summon animation every time (unless used as a counter attack from Dagger's Trance).
Pumice Piece Dagger for 190 AP
Eiko for 150 AP
12
Odin's Sword
Attacks with eidolon Odin.
—Description

If Odin's Zantetsuken fails to kill the target, it receives non-elemental damage.
Ancient Aroma Dagger for 50 AP 5
Mug
Damages enemy when you Steal.
—Description

Makes steals deal minor damage as follows:
0 ... [Zidane's Level * Target's Level / 2] - 1[1]
Chimera Armlet
Thief Hat
Survival Vest
Zidane for 65 AP 3
Bandit
Raises success rate of Steal.
—Description

Steal never misses. Does not augment the chance of actually getting an item.
Mythril Dagger
N-Kai Armlet
Zidane for 40 AP 5

TriviaEdit

  • The Japanese translation for High Tide is roughly "Gain Spirit of the Full Moon" hinting at some deeper connection to the moons and the ability to enter Trance.

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