Materia (マテリア, Materia?) is a crafting system from Final Fantasy XIV implemented with patch 1.19 and carried over to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. It allows players to upgrade their weapons, tools and armor by turning undesired pieces of equipment into materia, "crystallized memories of a piece of equipment that user possessed a spirit bond with", which can be melded to another piece of equipment to provide bonuses.
A strange goblin geomancer named Mutamix Bubblypots and his apprentices set up shop near the walls of Ul'dah, calling themselves the Carriers of the Cauldron, promoting a weird matter called 'materia', said to augment gear. Quickly, word about the new technology spread all over Ul'dah thanks to several adventurers who met the goblin. Merchants in town divided amongst those who welcome this new method, while others are vehemently against the presence of Mutamix near the city walls.
There are plenty of rumors about how Mutamix himself learned about materia. Some say that such advanced military technology could only have been developed within Garlemald, while others believe it was born of Near Eastern wisdom that had long slumbered within the ancient tomes of the Great Library. What all agree, however, is that at some point, a fraternity of goblin scholars called the Illuminati acquired the secrets of materia, governed by a code of secrecy until Mutamix betrayed the order and, believing that materia should be allowed to benefit all folk rather than a select few, spread the word over Eorzea.
A Realm RebornEdit
To turn items into materia, players must equip said item and do activities like battling or crafting, which in turn will increase his/her spiritbond with it. Once this value reaches 100%, the item can be turned into materia using a key item called "materia assimilator", an apparatus which can be obtained via the quest "Forging the Spirit"; this process cannot be reversed. It should be noted that selling or trading an item, as well as storing it inside the innroom Armoire, will reset all spiritbond with it. Items that can be turned into materia have a "Convertible: Yes" tag in their tooltip.
Spiritbond speed can be increased by equipping high quality or Materia melded gear, jewellery with the Spiritbond+ subtstat, consuming a Spiritbond Potion or by having That Which Binds Us Company Action active, and will be reduced if the gear's Item Level is lower than the level of the encounter and gaining no spiritbond if the Item Level is too high compared to the encounter level.
There are several types of materia, divided into four tiers ranging from I (lowest) to V (highest), and the same gear does not necessarily convert into the same materia, but the process follow certain patterns (i.e. INT materia will not be produced from swords and axes, etc.). An equipment’s level will have an impact on what materia tier will be created, along with the chance of creating a higher tier materia.
When creating materia, the level of the item being converted determines the possible tier of the created materia.
Materia can be melded on all gear slots. Materia cannot be melded onto equipment that does not have any materia slots to begin with (Not even via advanced melding). Multiple materia effects on the same item or different items stack, but each piece of equipment cannot exceed a stat cap determined by their item level.
Melding materia requires the "materia melder" key item, an apparatus which can be obtained via the quest "Waking the Spirit" available to Disciples of the Hand (excluding culinarians) of level 18 and above. The apparatus allows players to meld one piece of materia per item. Players must fulfill the class requirement for crafting / repairing the target item.
A second requirement is using special item called Carbonized Matter as a catalyst. The grade of the Carbonized Matter used for the melding cannot be lower than the grade of the Materia being used.
Players can also request materia melding from other players, providing the materia and catalyst required, as well as a payment in gil if desired.
Should the player desire, it is possible to have equipment purged of materia by paying a fee of gil to Mutamix. This destroys all materia melded to the target gear, leaving the item intact.
- Advanced Melding
After completing the quest "Melding Materia Muchly", players will become eligible to obtain the more advanced "augmented materia melder," which allows the attachment of Materia beyond the normal limit of the gear, up to five per item.
Players can never fail to meld Materia on the normally available slots. Melding on the extra slots can fail and each subsequent attempt has reduced chances of working. This process is called Advanced Materia Melding. Upon failure, the materia and the catalyst being used are lost.
Success rates for Advanced Materia Melding changes based on the tier of the materia (it is easier to meld two Tier I than it is to meld two Tier IV materia). As of patch 3.2, cyan materia are no longer meldable in this fashion. Equipment dropped from raids or trials or bought with Allagan Tomestones are also ineligible for advanced melding, regardless of whether or not they are eligible for normal melds.
|Tier||Number of Already Existing Advanced Melds|
The following Materia types can be melded onto equipment.
Cyan Materia increases the character's main attributes.
Gray Materia increases the character's elemental resistances. This type of Materia has little effect and mainly used for Materia Transmution or speeding up Spiritbond speed of the gear they are melded into.
Red Materia increases the character's offensive properties.
|Savage Aim||Critical Hit Rate||+2||+4||+6||+9||+12|
Yellow Materia increases the character's defensive properties.
Green Materia increases the character's gathering attributes.
Blue Materia increases the character's crafting attributes.
Purple Materia increases the character's speed.
Orange Materia increases the character's status resistances. These are not available beyond rank I, cannot be sold on the market board, and are typically not encountered at all in normal gameplay.
|Cactuar Foot||Slow Resistance +2|
|Coeurl Eye||Blind Resistance +2|
|Aurelia Kiss||Poison Resistance +2|
|Bison Hoof||Stun Resistance +2|
|Funguar Shriek||Sleep Resistance +2|
|Treant Root||Bind Resistance +2|
|Chocobo Down||Heavy Resistance +2|
Due to the overhaul of the stat and Materia systems in A Realm Reborn, any Materia that was transferred from version 1.0 became cracked and useless. Players could originally trade these Materia for new Materia of the same rank; however, this feature was removed in Heavensward.
Materia is a Latin term meaning "matter" or "substance", probably from the phrase materia magica (materials for magical rituals). It is also the Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese for the word "subject" and "matter".
The name of the goblin fraternity refers to the Illuminati.