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FFIX Return Magic

Return Magic as seen in Final Fantasy IX.

Returns magic used by enemy.
—Description, Final Fantasy IX.

Return Magic (魔法返し, Mahō-gaeshi?, lit. Magic Reversal or Magic Return), also known as Counter Magic and Magick Counter, is a recurring ability in the series. It typically allows the user to counter magic attacks used on them by using the same spell back at the enemy party.


Final Fantasy IXEdit

IX Return Magic is a support ability for Vivi and Amarant. When hit by a magic spell, Vivi/Amarant counters by casting the same spell. Return Magic uses no MP and the caster does not need to know the spell. Return Magic is learned from Coronet or Brigandine, and requires 9 Magic Stones to equip. Vivi needs 90 AP to master the ability, while Amarant requires 170 AP. Below is a list of spells that works with Return Magic.

List of spells:

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit


Counterattack using the same magick with which the user was attacked.

Magick Counter, also known as Counter Magic in the original version, is a reaction ability learned by the Black Mage class for 800 JP. When an offensive magick is cast upon a unit with this ability, the unit will instantly counter with the same magick with same effect area regardless of casting range, given that the unit's condition allows them to do so, i.e. has enough MP, and not affected by ailments which prevent the user from casting magick. The user needs not to know the particular spell to be countered, which means the Bio spells, Unholy Darkness, Meltdown, Tornado and Quake, normally unattainable by the player, can be countered (used) with this skill too.

Magick that is self-cast, reflected (either being the one reflecting or attacked by the reflected), cast by Arithmeticks or weapon (except guns) will not trigger this ability. The magick of random tier shot by any of the three magickal guns can be countered and retained the same tier and effect area as if normally casting the Black Magick; thus, when Blizzaga is shot by the Glacial Gun, the ability user will counter the offender by Blizzaga with two grids of effect radius.

Although the Time Magick Quick has a positive effect, it can be cast back by this ability as well, allowing player to form an action cycle between two allies by casting Quick back and forth to surpass the enemies' speed.

Final Fantasy Tactics AdvanceEdit


Counters magic attack with the same spell.

Return Magic is a reaction ability learned by Black Mages and Bishops. It can be learned from the Black Robe for 300 AP. Spells are countered with the same spell. The caster does not need to know the spell. Some spells cannot be returned (such as Blue Magic).

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

TA2 Magick Counter is learned by Black Mages and Bishops as well as the new gria class, Geomancer. It is learned from the Samite Coat for 400 AP. Once again it counters magic with the same spell, assuming the user has MP to cast the spell with.

Final Fantasy Tactics SEdit


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Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit


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Magic or sorcery is an attempt to understand, experience and influence the world using rituals, symbols, actions, gestures and language that are believed to exploit supernatural forces.

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