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Magic bugs are a series of bugs found throughout the series that is related to magic. Most of these bugs are related to how spells work in comparison to how they should work.
These bugs only apply to the NES version and are fixed in later versions:
- Tmpr - Does not work at all.
- Sabr - Does not work at all.
- Xfer - Does not work unless the target is the party.
- Lock - Always misses.
- Lok2 - Instead of decreasing Enemy Evade% by 20, increases Evade by 20.
- Hel2 - Works outside of battle as designed, works like Hel3 in battle.
A second glitch with magic involves recharging the charges for each spell. When using the House, the game will only recharge the party's spells after saving the game. If the player chooses not to save, the party will only recover its HP. Additionally, if one loads a game saved when using House, the party's spells will still be depleted.
There is also another glitch with spells, this one involving the enemy. When an enemy casts a spell that targets all allies, it will never be used on the caster. When an enemy grants protection from an element to something that's weak to that element, it never works either.
These only apply to the NES version:
- Aura - At level 8, the spell will not grant its extra bonus.
- Barrier - At level 8, the spell will not grant protection against Ice.
- Dispel - Does not work as intended at all.
- Protect - Has no effect on any other target than the caster.
- Sap - MP totals of over 256 are hardly affected by the spell, since the spell uses bytes instead of full words to calculate.
- Ultima - It was originally meant to increase in power relative to the level of the other spells that the caster has, but will not even if all of their spells are at level 16. This in turn causes Ultima to do a measly 500 damage at maximum at level 16 to a single target.
- Wall - Wall blocks magic spells up to its own level. However, when the spells Toad, Warp, Break, and Death are used on monsters, if Wall would otherwise stop them, the monsters are removed from combat. Although no monsters use the spell, the player can use the spell on monsters to take advantage of the bug.
These bugs only apply to the NES version:
- Drain - Will not damage or heal undead, but will still heal caster for an unpredictable amount.
- Erase - Will not remove Reflect.
- Protect - When cast on an ally that is using Defend, that character's Defense will be reset to pre-Protect values at the end of the round.
- Reflect - Will not reflect magic back at enemies when cast on allies. Only enemy magic is reflected.
If the caster targets themselves with the Blue Magic spell Vampire, they will be immediately healed to full HP, similar to as if they had had a single target Curaga cast on them for a fraction of the MP cost.
In battles with a timer, the Return spell is supposed to reset the battle and, thus, also restart the timer. This is bugged in the North American GBA version and all mobile versions, but is fixed in the European GBA release.
A minor graphics glitch prevents the player from seeing the Roulette cursor if they attempt to target a party member or enemy with any sort of action while Roulette is being used.
In the RPGe version of Final Fantasy V, the Time Magic spell Mute will target only the player characters and not the enemies, nor will it only target one. Thus, casting Mute is pointless and will only hurt the party.
On the SNES version, and possibly other versions, Celes doesn't learn Confuse from level averaging. If Celes levels up past or to 32 due to level averaging, but does not reach at least 40, she will learn Haste but not Confuse.
Both Haste and Confuse are supposed to be learned at level 32, but due to the way her natural spell list is ordered and the way the list is sorted during level averaging Confuse is lost because Berserk is learned at level 40. This is due to Berserk being stuck between Haste and Confuse.
This is due to Celes's learning spell list order:
- Level 32 Haste
- Level 40 Berserk
- Level 32 Confuse
This bug is harmless due to the fact that every character can learn magic through magicite.
If the player has Phoebe on Auto, she will randomly cast Aero despite not having the book for it. This happens when she's out of Wizard charges. At one point, she was probably meant to have Aero as a selectable spell in her list. Her Auto was programmed incorrectly and takes Aero into consideration for a possible attack, but she shouldn't be able to cast the spell since she doesn't have it.
Just like the main Final Fantasy series, the Life spell should cause Fatal to undead enemies only, but a flag got mixed up in the North American version that causes the Life spell to instantly kill any non-undead enemy instead. This bug was corrected for the Japanese and European version. The spell was supposed to cause Fatal to undead enemies only.