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MP, which can stand for Magic Points, Mana Points, or Mist Points, is a stat in many games of the Final Fantasy series. MP is the measure of how many spells a character can cast. Every time a character casts a spell, an MP cost is deducted from their Maximum MP value. When a character runs out of MP, they will not be able to cast any more spells, and will have to resort to their weapon or some other form of attack. Various items and resting with a Tent or at an Inn usually restore MP. Naturally, stronger spells tend to have higher MP costs. Some games have summon magic which uses MP, but not always.

Not every game has MP though. Final Fantasy (the original version for the NES, WonderSwan remake, and Origins releases only) and Final Fantasy III feature a "Charge" system, in which characters equip spells purchased at a shop. There are eight "levels" of spells, and each level can be used only a certain number of times. Each character can only equip a certain amount of spells per level. Final Fantasy VIII utilizes a draw system, in which spells must be stocked. Casting a spell uses up one stock of that spell. A few games, including Final Fantasy XIII and Dissidia Final Fantasy, have no MP system, and as such magic spells can be cast at no cost.

Various abilities and equipment can alter how MP is consumed. The Gold Hairpin, for example, often halves the MP cost of spells. In Final Fantasy VII, the MP Turbo Support Materia increases the MP cost of a spell or Summon, and in return the spell or Summon increases in strength. Abilities can be used to increase maximum MP by certain percentages as well. The One MP Cost ability cuts MP cost down to one, and the No MP Cost ability eradicates the need of MP altogether.

The traditional cap for MP is 999, but in some games it can be boosted to 9,999 with the Break MP Limit ability. MP is traditionally replenished with Ethers, of which stronger variants may exist depending on each game.

Magic costs also apply to magically-inclined enemies. When an enemy's magic reserves are depleted, they can no longer cast spells or use enemy abilities that require MP. Some enemies will automatically be defeated when they run out of MP or when the part depleted the enemy's MP by using magic-damaging skills. Magic Hammer, Rasp, and Osmose are spells that traditionally attack only the unit's MP.

AppearancesEdit

Final FantasyEdit

In the Dawn of Souls and 20th Anniversary versions, the original "spell level"-based magic system was dropped in favor of the Magic Point-based system used in more recent Final Fantasy games. Although spells are still classified at certain levels for some purposes (characters can still only be equipped with three of the four available spells of any given level, for instance), as a new feature, every spell is assigned a point value. When cast, that value is subtracted from a total number of MP that applies to all spells known by a character.

How much MP a character has depends on their level and job. The mage-type jobs have the most MP.

Final Fantasy IIEdit

Final Fantasy II is the first installment in the series to include MP. Spells now requires a specific number of MP to be cast that is equal to the spell level. It is unique due to the fact that the actions in battle craft the characters' skills.

MP is increased based on the decrease of MP from the start of the battle to the end. This allows the player to lower their MP on purpose to increase the stat, either by using Faze on the character whose stat is desired to be increased, or by using Swap with the character whose stat is desired to be increased on a target with little or no MP. MP is capped at 999.

Final Fantasy IIIEdit

Final Fantasy III returns to using the Charge system of the original Final Fantasy: this time, however, it is called MP.

Final Fantasy IVEdit

Every character has a predetermined job and every character has a unique stat growth. Mage type characters have more MP than physical attackers. Tellah's MP never increases above 90 to prevent him from casting Meteor, which costs 99 MP, for storyline purposes (although it is possible to overcome this in the recent remakes by using a Soma Drop on him).

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-Edit

MP returns in the sequel to Final Fantasy IV, and works the same way as it did in that game.

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years uses the exact same magic system as the original Final Fantasy IV, with the exception of Bands. Bands are attacks that combine 2 or more characters' powers into one powerful attack, using up a specific amount of MP on all characters involved.

Final Fantasy VEdit

The unit's MP depends on the job they are using and the character's level. Because the character's Magic Power affects their overall MP, mage type jobs have much more MP than melee type jobs. Upon mastering the jobs, however, the job's MP boost is added to the Freelancer job. The White Mage and Black Mage can learn MP Plus % abilities to further boost the unit's max MP. Oracle (GBA version only) has the best MP of all the jobs, and the Summoner has the best MP of all the original jobs. Monk and Berserker have the least MP.

MP = (Base MP * (Magic Power+32)) / 32[1]

Bonuses to Magic Power due to equipment are not added to the MP formula.

Level Exp Base MP
102
2105
3338
47411
514014
624117
738920
859923
988826
10127629
11178632
12244135
13326938
14429941
15556444
16709747
17893650
181112053
191369156
201669359
212017362
222418065
232876568
243398371
253989074
264654677
275401280
286235283
297163286
308192189
319329192
3210581595
3311956998
34134633101
35151087104
36169015107
37188503110
38209640113
39232517116
40257227119
41283867122
42312534125
43343330128
44376357131
45411722134
46449533137
47489900140
48532937143
49578759146
50627485149
51679235152
52734131155
53792300158
54853869161
55918969164
56987732167
571060294170
581136793173
591217368176
601302163179
611391323182
621484995185
631583329188
641686478191
651794597194
661907843197
672026376200
682150358203
692279955206
702415333209
712556663212
722704116215
732857867218
743018093221
753184974224
763358692227
773539432230
783727380233
793922726236
804125661239
814336381242
824555081245
834781961248
845017223251
855261071254
865513712257
875775354260
886046210263
896326493266
906616420269
916916210272
927226084275
937546266278
947876982281
958218461284
968570934287
978934635290
989309800293
999696668296
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Final Fantasy VIEdit

Characters' HP and MP stats are the only ones to increase by leveling up; in order to increase the other stats, the player must equip an Esper that gives a stat growth bonus. There are Espers that boost a character's MP on level up as well, them being Phantom (MP + 10%), Fenrir (MP +30%) and Crusader (MP +50%).

The characters' base MP growth is similar and there are no significant differences between characters, although Relm Arrowny has statistically the highest base MP and Sabin has the lowest base MP. Umaro has no MP as he cannot cast magic. The base MP growth increases until it peaks at around level 50, characters earning +17 MP per level up, and from there the base MP growth declines earning only +6 MP per level up on level 90, from where it picks up again for the last 9 levels, gaining +13 MP when leveling up from 98 to 99. However, it is easy to max MP out quickly with the Esper abilities, which are especially potent on higher levels.

The Celestriad relic makes all magic spells, lores, and summons cost 1 MP.

There are some monsters that can die when their MP hits 0. If Gau is using these monster's Rages, he too can be KO'd through his MP.

Final Fantasy VIIEdit

Characters gain more MP upon leveling up. The amount of MP gained per level up depends on the character. Aeris has the highest MP gain, and Barret has the lowest. MP is one of the few stats Vincent excels in, being surpassed only by Aeris. The exact amount of MP gain via leveling up is randomized at each gained level, but the game is programmed in a manner the characters never stray too far from the intended average.

List of characters' possible minimum and maximum MP on Level 99 from Final Fantasy VII FAQ/Walkthrough by Absolute Steve.

Character Minimum MP Maximum MP
Cloud 851 905
Tifa 800 850
Aeris 942 994
Barret 748 796
Red XIII 814 866
Cid 776 822
Yuffie 790 841
Vincent 859 915
Cait Sith 822 869

The game is programmed in such a manner it is impossible to attain both, the absolutely highest natural HP and absolutely highest natural MP on the same character simultaneously. For a guide on how to max out the characters' MP read Final Fantasy VII FAQ/Walkthrough by Absolute Steve.

MP can't be boosted by Sources like most other stats. Max MP can be boosted by equipping Magic and Summon Materia; depending on the Materia in question, the boost is either MP +2%, +5%, +10%, +15% and the Knights of the Round boosts max MP by +25%. The MP Plus Materia can increase max MP to to +100% when stacked. There is also the "HP<->MP" Materia which switches the character's HP and MP, setting the max HP to 999 and MP to 9999. The most MP a spell can use is 255, a cap that is reached by pairing certain Materia with MP Turbo.

MP is recovered by MP recovery items like Ether, Turbo Ether, Elixir and Megalixir, and Red XIII can accumulate MP by some of his Limit Breaks. The player can also absorb MP from enemies with Magic Hammer or by the Ghost Hand item.

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

Zack has a base MP he can increase by leveling up. Zack's base stats are fixed by his level.

The below values are from Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- FAQ/Walkthrough by Absolute Steve.

Level Max MP Level Max MP
6 87 53 255
7 93 54 258
8 99 55 261
9 104 56 264
10 109 57 267
11 114 58 270
12 119 59 273
13 123 60 276
14 127 61 279
15 131 62 282
16 135 63 285
17 139 64 288
18 143 65 291
19 147 66 294
20 151 67 297
21 155 68 300
22 159 69 303
23 163 70 306
24 167 71 309
25 171 72 312
26 174 73 315
27 177 74 318
28 180 75 321
29 183 76 324
30 186 77 327
31 189 78 330
32 192 79 333
33 195 80 336
34 198 81 339
35 201 82 342
36 204 83 345
37 207 84 348
38 210 85 351
39 213 86 354
40 216 87 357
41 219 88 360
42 222 89 363
43 225 90 366
44 228 91 369
45 231 92 372
46 234 93 375
47 237 94 378
48 240 95 381
49 243 96 384
50 246 97 387
51 249 98 390
52 252 99 393

What is unique in Crisis Core, is that Zack can break his MP limit even without equipping the Break MP Limit ability to twice his maximum MP if he gets a power surge from the Digital Mind Wave during Modulating Phase. With Feathered Cap he can set the natural break limit to triple his maximum MP. The break is nullified and Zack's MP set back to the base maximum if he drinks the promotional Potion at the Shinra Headquarters lobby.

Zack can increase his base MP by equipping accessories that grant MP boosts. However, Materia is the game's primary means of stat enhancement, especially through the Materia Fusion system. By adding certain items into the Fusion process, the player can boost the Materia's stats to their liking, although it takes a lot of SP for the highest stat boosts. MP+999% is the highest MP stat boost a Materia can have.

Zack can set his MP limit to 9,999 with certain equipment. 9,999 is the absolute maximum, and the DMW power surges can't bring it above that point either.

MP is rendered obsolete by the game's end as Zack gains the ability to permanently equip the No MP Cost effect.

Final Fantasy IXEdit

The characters' max MP is calculated by the following formula:

[Mag * MPMod(Level) / 100][2]

The MPMod used in the formula depends on the character's level. Characters with high Magic Power like Vivi have the best MP.

Level MPMod Level MPMod
1 200 51 584
2 206 52 586
3 212 53 587
4 219 54 588
5 226 55 589
6 234 56 590
7 242 57 591
8 250 58 592
9 259 59 593
10 268 60 594
11 277 61 595
12 285 62 596
13 293 63 597
14 301 64 598
15 308 65 599
16 315 66 600
17 321 67 601
18 327 68 602
19 333 69 603
20 340 70 604
21 347 71 605
22 355 72 606
23 363 73 607
24 371 74 608
25 380 75 609
26 389 76 610
27 399 77 611
28 409 78 612
29 419 79 613
30 430 80 614
31 441 81 615
32 453 82 616
33 465 83 617
34 477 84 618
35 489 85 619
36 500 86 620
37 510 87 621
38 519 88 622
39 527 89 623
40 535 90 624
41 542 91 625
42 548 92 626
43 554 93 627
44 559 94 628
45 564 95 629
46 568 96 630
47 572 97 631
48 576 98 632
49 579 99 642
50 582
[2]

The only way for a character to improve their MP is to level up, or equip the MP +20% ability, which is not available for every character. Every character has abilities that use MP, and melee fighters can also equip the MP Attack skill to expend MP on physical attacks to deal increased damage. The Half MP ability halves MP cost. Interestingly, in the beginning of the game Garnet/Dagger is unable to summon her Eidolons due to not having enough MP for it.

MP is restored via Ethers. Vivi can drain MP from opponents with Osmose. Quina can attack an opponent's MP with Magic Hammer and also absorb MP when s/he is targeted by opponents' spells.

Final Fantasy XEdit

See also: Sphere Grid and Sphere (Final Fantasy X)

MP is gained by activating the MP nodes on the Sphere Grid. Characters like Yuna and Lulu have the fastest MP growth on their grid paths, although eventually every character can traverse any path on the grid. MP can be boosted further by winning MP Spheres at the Monster Arena, and the MP limit can be boosted up to 9,999 with the Break MP Limit ability.

But by the game's end MP is made into a rather unimportant stat as weapons with One MP Cost become available and characters can use items to get the No MP Cost effect. The player can restore MP by touching a Save Sphere or via MP recovery items, the Osmose spell and via Rikku's mixes. The No MP Cost effect can be achieved via items or Rikku's mixes.

Final Fantasy X-2Edit

In Final Fantasy X-2 every Dressphere has its own stats, and the stats are fixed on the girl's level. Mascot has the best MP of all normal Dresspheres, followed by Black Mage. The Alchemist has the lowest MP.

The player can boost the girls' MP by equipping accessories. The best accessories boost MP as much as +100%. The Golden Hairpin accessory and Font of Power Garment Grid grant the wearer Half MP Cost. One MP Cost is only available on the Font of Power Garment Grid after going through all the gates. No MP Cost is achieved via the Three Stars item or Ragnarok accessory.

MP is recovered via items and jobs have some abilities that can replenish MP. The MP Stroll ability recovers MP as the party walk around the field.

It is possible to disable enemy's magic casting abilities without the use of Silence by draining the enemy from MP: this method is particularly useful against Trema in the Via Infinito.

The color for the MP gauge in the menu is green.

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

The MP base value goes up as the character levels up, but upon learning new Quickenings the MP pool is first doubled, then tripled, of the base value, giving a character three MP "bars" after having learned all three of their Quickenings. The characters have a permanent Manafont ability in which they continually gain MP as they walk on the field, and in places thick in mist, the MP recovery rate is boosted. Using Quickenings and Espers expends MP bars rather than individual points.

In the International Zodiac Job System version, Quickenings and Espers no longer drain the user's MP, but have their own bar instead.

The characters' MP growth on leveling up is randomized. The Max MP is determined by the following formula:

MAX MP = (Base MP + Sum of MP Bonus up to this level) x MP Modifier[3]
  • Base = Base value. Different characters have different Base values.
  • Bonus = Each level comes with its own Min and Max Bonus. The game randomly picks a Bonus within the Min and Max range when the character levels up. All characters share the same bonus table.
  • Modifier = Different characters have different modifiers. The modifier represents the "growth rate".
Character Base Modifier
Vaan450.54
Balthier370.48
Fran400.55
Basch350.44
Ashe460.57
Penelo630.55
Reks430.62
Larsa630.55
Vossler250.66
Reddas430.62
[3]

The sum of characters' MP bonus on leveling up is randomized. On levels 1-10 the characters receive between 3-5 MP when they advance a level. Between levels 11-29 the MP gain is between 4-7, between levels 30-43 the MP gain is between 5-9, which is the peak. After level 43 the MP gain begins to dwindle, gaining 4-7 MP on level up between levels 44-60, 3-5 between levels 61-80, 2-3 MP between levels 81-90, and only 1 MP on level up above the level 90. The MP bonuses have equal chances to be picked at random within its pool when the character levels up.

The MP bonus growth can be described with the following equation:

MP Bonus Growth = Min MP Bonus + Random[0 ~ (Min MP Bonus-1)][3]

All Espers have 20 MP, but they have a permanent No MP Cost ability, so the player is free to siphon their MP to their own use.

The game has an invisible Break MP Limit, as MP is not capped at 999, despite 999 being the highest number displayed on screen. This has little advantages, however, as the means to push the MP much past the limit are limited, and when using Quickenings or summoning Espers, the player uses MP bars rather than individual points.

All spells have a base MP cost, which can be reduced by purchasing augments on the License Board. MP is replenished with items, by walking around the field, and by touching a Save Crystal.

During a Quickening Chain the player can activate a Mist Charge that restores MP to full, but only for the duration of the chain - MP is reduced to 0 at the end of the Quickening. The MP recharge while walking is boosted in areas with a lot of mist. The Martyr, Inquisitor and Warmage augments also restore MP when the user deals or receives damage, and the Headman restores MP when the user kills an enemy.

Equipping the Dawn Shard as an accessory drops the character's MP to zero, and in the International Zodiac Job System version, prevents the player's Mist Gauge from rising.

Final Fantasy XIVEdit


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Final Fantasy Type-0Edit

Final Fantasy Type-0 uses an MP stat to cast magic.

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Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

A character's MP depends on which job they are currently using and which jobs they have used in the past, as the stat growth depends on the jobs in use at the time of the level up. As usual, mage type jobs have a much greater MP gain than melee jobs.

Final Fantasy Tactics AdvanceEdit


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At the start of battle, the MP of every unit is zero. Each turn, a unit gains 10 MP, which can be boosted to 20 by using "MP Channeling". Viera units (as well as some enemies) can use their HP instead of MP with the passive ability "Blood Price", gained from the Spellblade job.

Final Fantasy Crystal ChroniclesEdit


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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of FatesEdit

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Final Fantasy AdventureEdit

MP maxes out at 99 and even if Sumo is under the maximum level and still continues to increase Wisdom, it will never increase beyond 99. Note that MP does not increase by a static amount, it's influence by Wisdom. Never raising Wisdom means the player will be stuck with 6 MP throughout the entire game.

Bravely DefaultEdit


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Final Fantasy DimensionsEdit


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