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The following is a list of magic spells available in Final Fantasy VIII. There are a total of fifty spells in the game, divided into nine categories. Eight of these categories are based on which GF refinement ability is used to refine the spell from items, the ninth category is for three spells which cannot be refined from items and are otherwise not sorted into any of the other categories.

List of SpellsEdit

Click on individual spells for more info. See Magic (Command)#Final Fantasy VIII for spell mechanics.
Name Description Refinement Ability Image
Fire
ファイア
Inflicts minor Fire-elemental damage on one target. F Mag-RF FFVIII Fire
Fira
ファイラ
Inflicts moderate Fire-elemental damage on one target. F Mag-RF, Mid Mag-RF FFVIII Fira
Firaga
ファイガ
Inflicts major Fire-elemental damage on one target. F Mag-RF, High Mag-RF FFVIII Firaga
Flare
フレア
Inflicts extreme non-elemental damage on one target. F Mag-RF FFVIII Flare
Blizzard
ブリザド
Inflicts minor Ice-elemental damage on one target. I Mag-RF FFVIII Blizzard
Blizzara
ブリザラ
Inflicts moderate Ice-elemental damage on one target. I Mag-RF, Mid Mag-RF FFVIII Blizzara
Blizzaga
ブリザガ
Inflicts major Ice-elemental damage on one target. I Mag-RF, High Mag-RF FFVIII Blizzaga
Water
ウォータ
Inflicts moderate Water-elemental damage on one target. I Mag-RF Water-FFVIII
Thunder
サンダー
Inflicts minor Thunder-elemental damage on one target. T Mag-RF FFVIII Thunder
Thundara
サンダラ
Inflicts moderate Thunder-elemental damage on one target. T Mag-RF, Mid Mag-RF FFVIII Thundara
Thundaga
サンダガ
Inflicts major Thunder-elemental damage on one target. T Mag-RF, High Mag-RF FFVIII Thundaga
Aero
エアロ
Inflicts moderate Wind-elemental damage on one target. T Mag-RF FFVIII Aero
Tornado
トルネド
Inflicts major Wind-elemental damage on all units in the targeted party. T Mag-RF, High Mag-RF FFVIII Tornado
Cure
ケアル
Restores a minor amount of HP on one target. Deals damage to Undead enemies. L Mag-RF FFVIII Cure
Cura
ケアルラ
Restores a moderate amount of HP on one target. Deals damage to Undead enemies. L Mag-RF, Mid Mag-RF FFVIII Cura
Curaga
ケアルガ
Restores a major amount of HP on one target. Deals damage to Undead enemies. L Mag-RF, High Mag-RF FFVIII Curaga
Death
デス
Attempts to instantly kill one target. L Mag-RF FFVIII Death
Holy
ホーリー
Inflicts extreme Holy-elemental damage to one target. L Mag-RF, Forbid Mag-RF FFVIII Holy
Life
レイズ
Revives a target from Knocked Out status and restores 25% of their HP. L Mag-RF FFVIII Life
Full-Life
アレイズ
Revives a target from Knocked Out status and restores 100% of their HP. L Mag-RF FFVIII Full-Life
Regen
リジェネ
Bestows Regen on one target, allowing them to gradually recover HP over time. L Mag-RF FFVIII Regen
Zombie
ゾンビー
Inflicts Zombie on one target, forcing them to take damage from curative abilities. L Mag-RF FFVIII Zombie
Haste
ヘイスト
Bestows Haste on one target, increasing the speed at which their ATB gauge increases. Time Mag-RF FFVIII Haste
Slow
スロウ
Inflicts Slow on one target, reducing the speed at which their ATB gauge increases. Time Mag-RF FFVIII Slow
Stop
ストップ
Inflicts Stop on one target, freezing their ATB gauge for a short time. Time Mag-RF FFVIII Stop
Quake
クエイク
Inflicts major Earth-elemental damage on all units in the targeted party. Time Mag-RF FFVIII Quake
Demi
グラビデ
Inflicts damage equal to 25% of the target's current HP on one target. Percentage varies if drawn-cast. Time Mag-RF Demi
Double
ダブル
Allows target to cast two spells in a single turn. Time Mag-RF Double
Triple
トリプル
Allows target to cast three spells in a single turn. Time Mag-RF, High Mag-RF Triple
Esuna
エスナ
Removes all negative status ailments from one target except Doom. Supt Mag-RF FFVIII Esuna
Dispel
デスペル
Removes all positive status ailments from one target. Supt Mag-RF FFVIII Dispel
Protect
プロテス
Bestows Protect on one target, reducing damage suffered from physical attacks by half. Supt Mag-RF FFVIII Protect
Shell
シェル
Bestows Shell on one target, reducing damage suffered from magic attacks by half. Supt Mag-RF FFVIII Shell
Reflect
リフレク
Bestows Reflect on one target, reflecting all single-target spells from the target onto a unit on the opposing party. Supt Mag-RF FFVIII Reflect
Drain
ドレイン
Inflicts damage from the target and heals the spellcaster by the same amount. Works in reverse when cast on the Undead. Supt Mag-RF FFVIII Drain
Aura
オーラ
Bestows Aura on the target, allowing them access to Limit Breaks regardless of HP for allied units, or increases the strength for enemy units. Supt Mag-RF FFVIII Aura
Bio
バイオ
Inflicts moderate Poison-elemental damage and inflicts the Poison status ailment, causing them to take damage after they take a turn. ST Mag-RF FFVIII Bio
Break
ブレイク
Inflicts Petrify on the target, turning them into stone until cured. Counts as defeated. ST Mag-RF FFVIII Break
Blind
ブライン
Inflicts Darkness on the target, causing their physical attacks to miss more often. ST Mag-RF FFVIII Blind
Silence
サイレス
Inflicts Silence on the target, preventing them from casting spells. ST Mag-RF FFVIII Silence
Berserk
バーサク
Inflicts Berserk on the target, increasing their physical strength but attacks enemies indiscriminately and uncontrollably. ST Mag-RF FFVIII Berserk
Sleep
スリプル
Inflicts Sleep on the target, preventing them from taking action until they are physically struck or otherwise wake up. ST Mag-RF FFVIII Sleep
Confuse
コンフュ
Inflicts Confuse on the target, causing them to choose random abilities on random units. ST Mag-RF FFVIII Confuse
Pain
ペイン
Inflicts Darkness, Silence and Poison on the target. ST Mag-RF FFVIIIPain
Meltdown
メルトン
Inflicts Vit 0 on the target, forcing them to receive more damage against physical attacks. ST Mag-RF FFVIII Meltdown
Meteor
メテオ
Hits ten random units in the targeted party for random damage. Forbid Mag-RF FFVIII Meteor
Ultima
アルテマ
Inflicts extreme non-elemental damage to all units in the targeted party. Forbid Mag-RF Ultima-FFVIII
Apocalypse
アポカリプス
Inflicts extreme non-elemental damage to all units in the targeted party. Stronger than Ultima. N/A FFVIII Apocalypse
Float
レビテト
Bestows Float on the target, granting them immunity from Earth-elemental attacks. N/A FFVIII Float
Scan
ライブラ
Reveals Level, HP, elemental affinities and detailed information on strategy and/or personality on the target. N/A FFVIII Scan

Blue MagicEdit

Main article: Blue Magic (Final Fantasy VIII)

Guardian ForcesEdit

Summon Attack Obtaining Description
Quezacotl Thunder Storm Log into Squall's computer in Balamb Garden/Receive from Quistis when leaving the Garden Inflicts Thunder-elemental damage on all enemies.
Shiva Diamond Dust Log into Squall's computer in Balamb Garden/Receive from Quistis when leaving the Garden Inflicts Ice-elemental damage on all enemies.
Ifrit Hell Fire Defeat him during the Fire Cavern exam. Inflicts Fire-elemental damage on all enemies.
Siren Silent Voice Draw from Elvoret/Draw from Tri-Point Inflicts minor non-elemental damage and inflicts Silence on all enemies.
Brothers Brotherly Love Defeat them in the Tomb of the Unknown King Inflicts Earth-elemental damage on all enemies. Misses fly monsters and enemies under Float status.
Diablos Dark Messenger Use the Magic Lamp and defeat Diablos Inflicts fractional damage on all enemies based on the following formula:
Damage = (Diablos's Level / 100) * Enemy's maximum HP. Caps at 9,999 damage.
Carbuncle Ruby Light Draw from the Iguions/Draw from Krysta Bestows Reflect on all allies.
Leviathan Tsunami Draw from NORG/Draw from Trauma Inflicts Water-elemental damage on all enemies.
Pandemona Tornado Zone Draw from Fujin/Draw from Red Giant Inflicts Wind-elemental damage on all enemies.
Cerberus Counter Rockets Defeat it in Galbadia Garden (Disc 2)/Draw from Gargantua Casts Double and Triple on all allies.
Alexander Holy Judgment Draw from Edea (second fight)/Draw from Catoblepas Inflicts Holy-elemental damage on all enemies.
Doomtrain Runaway Train Use the Solomon Ring after having six Remedy+s, six Steel Pipes, and six Malboro Tentacles in the player's inventory. Inflicts minor Poison-elemental damage and inflicts all status ailments on all enemies.
Bahamut Mega Flare Go to the Deep Sea Research Center and go up to the core. Answer his questions with "It's not our will to fight", "Never", and the hidden third option to fight Bahamut and acquire the GF. Inflicts major non-elemental damage on all enemies.
Cactuar 1000 Needles Touch the Jumbo Cactaur on Cactuar Island and defeat it. Deals damage equal to 100 multiplied by the Cactuar's level, rounded down to the nearest ten. May break the damage limit.
Tonberry Chef's Knife After killing 20 Tonberries, the Tonberry King will enter the battlefield and must be defeated to gain the GF. Inflicts minor non-elemental damage to an enemy chosen at random.
Eden Eternal Breath Go down to the deepest level of the Deep Sea Research Center and draw it from the Ultima Weapon or draw from Tiamat in Ultimecia's Castle. Inflicts extreme non-elemental damage to all enemies. May break the damage limit.

Non-Junctionable Guardian ForcesEdit

Summon Attack Obtaining Description
Odin Zantetsuken Solve the Centra Ruins puzzle and defeat Odin within 20 minutes. Instantly kill all normal enemies; Appears randomly at the start of random battles.
Gilgamesh Zantetsuken, Excalibur, Masamune, Excalipoor Have Odin when fighting Seifer (fourth battle); replaces Odin. Randomly selects attack: Zantetsuken: Instantly kill all normal enemies (fails on bosses and undead enemies); Excalibur: Moderate physical damage to all enemies. Masamune: Heavy physical damage; Excalipoor: 1 point of damage; Appears randomly in any battle at any time.
Boko ChocoFire, ChocoFlare, ChocoMeteor, ChocoBocle Use Gysahl Greens. From weakest to strongest: ChocoFire, ChocoFlare, ChocoMeteor, ChocoBocle; all are non-elemental attacks that hit all enemies; Levels up with Chocobo World.
Phoenix Rebirth Flame Use a Phoenix Pinion. May also make an appearance when all allies are KO'd. Revives all KO'd allies and restores 25% HP and deals moderate Fire-elemental damage on all enemies.
Moomba MoombaMoomba Use a Friendship which is only acquired through Chocobo World. Inflicts damage equal to the target's current HP minus one, on one target. Caps at 9,999 damage.
MiniMog Moogle Dance Use the MiniMog command ability; GF can learn it through the Mog's Amulet item which can only be acquired through Chocobo World. Heals 1,500 HP to all GFs junctioned.

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