Garment fit for the art goddess herself.
The Minerva Bustier (ミネルバビスチェ, Mineruba Bisuche?), also known as Minerva's Plate, Minerva Band, Minerva Bangle, Minerva's Ring, Heroine Robe, Heroine, Minerva Gloves, or just Minerva, is a recurring piece of light armor in the Final Fantasy series. Usually, only female party members can wear it. It is usually a powerful equipment as it tends to give good stats enhancements, and/or elemental resistances.
Clothes of the goddess of the heavens.
Minerva's Plate (Heroine in the NA version) can be equipped by Rosa, Rydia, and Porom. It increases the wearer's Strength, Speed, and Stamina by 15, but decreases her Intelligence and Spirit by the same amount. It also provides +20 Defense, +5 Magic Defense, +30 Evasion and +5 Magic Evasion.
In the 3D remake, Minerva's Plate has mostly the same stats but offers 40 Evasion.
In the Easy Type version, it was renamed to Heroine's Dress. Strength, Speed, and Stamina stat have been decrease from +15 to +10 and both the -15 Intelligence and Spirit stat penalties were removed.
Minerva Bustier can be equipped by Rosa, Porom, and Rydia. It has a Defense of 20, Magic Defense of 5, Evasion of 30, Magic Evasion of 5 with a bonus of +15 Strength, Stamina, Agility, and -15 to Intelligence and Spirit. It also grants protection against Paralysis.
The Minerva Bustier provides 20 Defense, 5 Magic Defense, 30% Evasion, 5% Magic Evasion, +10 Strength, +10 Speed, +10 Stamina, -10 Intelligence, and -10 Spirit, and resists Paralyze. It found after defeating Asura at the True Moon Subterrane, and dropped from Elite Trooper and Moonmaiden. It can be equipped by Rosa, Rydia, Porom, Luca, Ursula, Leonora, Izayoi, and Harley.
Breastplate that provides a 25% bonus to maximum MP.
The Minerva Bustier (Minerva in the SNES version), nullifies Fire, Ice, Lightning, and Wind while resisting to Earth, Water, Poison, and Holy. It also increases MP by 25%, and gives +1 Strength and Stamina, +2 Speed, +4 Magic. The Minerva Bustier is not compatible with the Merit Award. It can be equipped by Terra and Celes. Despite being female, Relm cannot equip it, likely because the armor is meant for adults.
The Minerva Band has above-average defenses and six Materia slots, linked in three pairs. It can be found in the Ancient Forest or stolen from Elena. It nullifies Fire, Ice, Holy, and Gravity-elemental attacks, and can only be equipped by females.
Plate worn by women.
Minerva's Plate can be equipped by Dagger, Freya, and Eiko. It teaches Restore HP and High Tide, and provides +34 Defense, +1 Magic Defense and Strength, and +2 Magic. It can be bought at Bran Bal and Daguerreo (endgame) for 12,200 gil and found in Terra and Bran Bal.
Minerva's Ring reduces all magical damage taken by the wearer by 8% at the cost of increasing all physical damage taken by 8%. It can be equipped at level 75 by all jobs. In the Tavnazian Safehold, a female hume named Meret will trade this item to the player in exchange for a Sin of Intemperance, an item which can only be obtained by defeating Absolute Virtue.
In the original version, Minerva Bustier requires the Light Armor 10 license and can be bought in Balfonheim Port and stolen from Foobar. It can be equipped by all party members regardless of the character's gender. It provides +610 HP and +40 Defense.
In the Zodiac versions, Minerva Bustier now provides 50 Defense, +610 HP, and requires the Light Armor 10 license for 75 LP. It can be found as a treasure in Cerobi Steppe (North Liavell Hills) or Pharos - Second Ascent (Station of Banishment), dropped by Foobar in the Nabreus Deadlands (1% chance), stolen from Foobar in the Garamsythe Waterway (3% chance) or from Pallicant (common) in Trial Mode Stage 43, as a reward from the Lindwyrm hunt, or from the Hunt Club sidequest. It can be equipped by the Machinist, Monk, Archer, and Shikari.
Clothing blessed by a goddess. It provides protection against various elemental magicks.
The Minerva Bustier is obtained via Melee in the War of the Lions remake. It is equippable by females and provides +120 HP, halves Ice, Water, Earth, and Holy-elemental attacks, and nullifies Fire, Dark, Wind, and Lightning-elemental attacks.
Women's clothes worn by the goddess of victory.
It is said the goddess of victory once wore this garment.
The Minerva Bustier is only equippable by females, immunizing to Dark-elemental attacks. It provides +33 Defense and +14 Resistance, and can be bought for 1,580 gil in the shop after creating it in the Bazaar after using a High Arcana, Dipreau Bronze, and Spiral Vine.
Once upon a time, the goddess of wisdom descended upon the earth and began bathing herself in a spring. A young man who saw her while passing by was captivated by her beauty, and hid the armor she had previously taken off. The tearful goddess then became the young man's wife, and was forced to spend the rest of her days living under the heavens. The minerva bustier is the only thing remaining that is tied to this legend. It is uncertain whether or not it once truly belonged to a divine deity, but its beauty and hidden magical prowess are indeed true.
Minerva is the Roman pantheon equivalent to the Greek goddess Athena. Her name is thought to be a mishearing and a corruption of the Latin word "mens", meaning "mind."