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ViviMirror-FFIX

Vivi is a playable character in Final Fantasy IX. He is a black mage who wields staves in battle. He is physically weak and thus best kept in the back row. His special ability is Focus which increases his magic power, and his skillset is Blk Mag, which casts offensive magic. Vivi's Trance changes this to Dbl Blk, allowing him to cast two Blk Mag spells in one turn. When he is in the same party as Steiner, Steiner gains access to these spells through Swd Mag, at no cost to Vivi. Vivi also appears as a boss. His victory pose is to twirl his staff before coming to an attention pose. When Vivi is growing more depressed at Queen Brahne's use of black mages during their escape from Alexandria, he will not pose until after the party's first visit to Conde Petie.

Party memberEdit

AbilitiesEdit

FFIX Death

Vivi casts Death, a Black Magic spell.

Support abilitiesEdit

Vivi learns abilities that enhance him as a mage, such as MP+20%, Half MP and Return Magic. His unique abilities are Reflect-Null to make his spells piercing, Reflectx2 that causes spells cast by Vivi to double in power when reflected off a target, and Mag Elem Null that renders all spells non-elemental.

Name Learned From AP
Auto-Reflect Reflect Ring 70
Auto-Float Feather Boots 20
Auto-Haste Running Shoes 55
Auto-Regen Golden Hairpin, Brave Suit, Light Robe 30
Auto-Life Rebirth Ring 70
MP+20% Black Robe 30
Healer Garnet 20
Add Status Bone Wrist, Chimera Armlet, Bracer, Feather Hat, Twist Headband, Glass Buckle 25
Reflect-Null Robe of Lords 30
Reflectx2 Black Robe, Rosetta Ring 110
Mag Elem Null Promist Ring, Protect Ring 115
Half MP Light Robe, Protect Ring 140
High Tide Jade Armlet, Dark Hat, Gaia Gear, Sapphire 25
Body Temp Jade Armlet, Holy Miter, Madain's Ring, Fairy Earrings, Diamond 15
Level Up Egoist's Armlet, Rosetta Ring, Fairy Earrings 30
Ability Up Green Beret, Silk Robe, Ribbon, Lapis Lazuli 55
Insomniac Bandana, Holy Miter, Magician Cloak, Gaia Gear, Coral Ring 25
Antibody Glass Armlet, Matra Band, Survival Vest, Glass Buckle 30
Loudmouth Mage's Hat, Golden Hairpin, Silk Robe 40
Jelly Coronet 25
Return Magic Coronet 90
Auto-Potion Black Hood, Golden Skullcap, Survival Vest, Demon's Vest 10
Locomotion Magic Armlet, Green Beret, Circlet, Dark Gear 35
Clear Headed Magic Armlet, Green Beret, Circlet, Dark Gear, Magician Shoes 15

FocusEdit

FFIX Focus

Focus.

Raise Magic.
—Description

The Focus command enhances Vivi's Magic Power. Vivi can stack the effect, but once the Magic stat reaches 99, it will not increase further. The effect lasts for the entire battle, even if KO'd.

The formula for Focus is as follows:

[Magic * 1.25]

Blk MagEdit

Vivi's main ability is to use Black Magic and he is the only character in the game with the ability to do so. Vivi is one of the strongest black mages encountered, his powers rivaling even those of the Black Waltzes.

TranceEdit

Vivi-ffix-trance

While in Trance, Blk Mag changes to Dbl Blk, allowing Vivi to cast two spells in succession. Each casting depletes the Trance gauge independently.

Swd MagEdit

If Vivi and Steiner are in the party, Steiner can use Swd Mag together with Vivi during battle. This will not make Vivi lose his turn or expend MP.

EquipmentEdit

Unlike in games past, where Black Mages equip rods or daggers, Vivi equips staves. His armor consists of mage robes and hoods, as well as lightweight vests and hats. Vivi begins equipped with Mage Staff, Leather Hat and a Leather Shirt.

StatsEdit

Vivi has the highest Magic stat. His base stat growth with no equipment modifiers is as follows:

Level HP MP Speed Strength Magic Spirit Magic Stones +
2 75 49 16 12 24 19
3 99 53 16 13 25 19
4 118 54 16 13 25 19
5 137 56 16 13 25 19
6 170 60 16 14 26 20
7 194 62 16 14 26 20
8 234 67 16 15 27 20
9 262 69 16 15 27 20
11 339 77 17 16 28 20
12 368 79 17 16 28 21
13 419 84 17 17 29 21
14 446 87 17 17 29 21
15 472 89 17 17 29 21
16 526 94 17 18 30 21
17 550 96 17 18 30 22
18 605 101 17 19 31 22
19 631 103 17 19 31 22
21 724 111 18 20 32 22
22 756 113 18 20 32 22
23 829 119 18 21 33 23
24 866 122 18 21 33 23
25 904 125 18 21 33 23
26 990 132 18 22 34 23
27 1034 135 18 22 34 23
28 1128 143 18 23 35 24
29 1178 146 18 23 35 24
31 1339 158 19 24 36 24
32 1396 163 19 24 36 24
33 1456 167 19 24 36 24
34 1581 176 19 25 37 25
35 1641 180 19 25 37 25
36 1764 190 19 26 38 25
37 1818 193 19 26 38 25
38 1868 197 19 26 38 25
39 1988 205 19 27 39 26
41 2147 216 20 28 40 26
42 2182 219 20 28 40 26
43 2216 221 20 28 40 26
44 2328 229 20 29 41 26
45 2358 231 20 29 41 27
46 2468 238 20 30 42 27
47 2494 240 20 30 42 27
48 2518 241 20 30 42 27
49 2625 248 20 31 43 27
51 2748 256 21 32 44 28
52 2762 257 21 32 44 28
53 2773 258 21 32 44 28
54 2867 264 21 33 45 28
55 2872 265 21 33 45 28
56 2965 271 21 34 46 29
57 2970 271 21 34 46 29
58 2974 272 21 34 46 29
59 3065 278 21 35 47 29
61 3157 285 22 36 48 30
62 3159 286 22 36 48 30
63 3160 286 22 36 48 30
64 3248 293 22 37 49 30
65 3249 293 22 37 49 30
66 3250 294 22 37 49 30
67 3338 300 22 38 50 31
68 3339 301 22 38 50 31
69 3428 307 22 39 51 31
71 3429 308 23 39 51 31
72 3518 315 23 40 52 32
73 3519 315 23 40 52 32
74 3608 322 23 41 53 32
75 3608 322 23 41 53 32
76 3609 323 23 41 53 32
77 3698 329 23 42 54 32
78 3699 330 23 42 54 33
79 3788 337 23 43 55 33
81 3790 338 24 43 55 33
82 3879 344 24 44 56 33
83 3879 345 24 44 56 34
84 3969 352 24 45 57 34
85 3969 352 24 45 57 34
86 3970 353 24 45 57 34
87 4059 360 24 46 58 34
88 4060 360 24 46 58 34
89 4150 367 24 47 59 35
91 4151 368 25 47 59 35
92 4241 375 25 48 60 35
93 4242 376 25 48 60 35
94 4331 383 25 49 61 36
95 4332 383 25 49 61 36
96 4333 384 25 49 61 36
97 4423 391 25 50 62 36
98 4424 391 25 50 62 36
99 4524 398 25 50 62 36 68

BossEdit

Vivi-ffix-boss

Vivi is an AI-controlled target in the second battle with Prison Cage. Vivi will cast Fire on the Prison Cage throughout the battle, while the Prison Cage will cast Drain on Vivi to drain his HP. The battle will result in a Game Over if Vivi dies.

A mirrored Vivi can also be summoned by the Epitaph enemy through its Mirror ability. Like other mirror enemies, the Vivi will use regular attacks on others, but a 9999 attack on Vivi where he exclaims "I'm Vivi!".

QuestsEdit

Jump ropeEdit

Jump rope

Vivi jumping rope.

Jump rope is a minigame the player can participate as Vivi in Alexandria at the beginning of the game by approaching the girls jumping rope to the left of the ticket booth. Later, the girls relocate to the bell tower. The minigame yields many rewards such as gil, rare cards, and a rare key item.

Vivi at the Festival of the HuntEdit

Vivi wins a Tetra Master card of the Theater Ship if he wins the Festival of the Hunt during the party's first stay in Lindblum. Although the player can only control Zidane, and briefly Freya, it is possible to control who wins the festival. For Vivi to win, one must allow the Zaghnol faced during the festival to defeat both Freya and Zidane.

Visting homeEdit

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Vivi decides to visit home.

When visiting Treno for the Tetra Master tournament, the player has a chance to prompt Vivi to visit Quan's Dwelling during the Active Time Event "How He Ended Up Here", in which Vivi meets with Marco. During the discussion Marco mentions that Vivi should meet with his family, and the player can decide if Vivi should visit Quan's Dwelling or stay in Treno.

If Vivi stays in the city, the second round opponent in the tournament will change, and the player has another chance to win the rare Namingway card. If Vivi is sent to the dwelling, the player controlling Zidane can leave Treno for the dwelling and meet Vivi there, who tells Zidane of his time under Quan's care.

If both Quina and Vivi are in the party, and the player visits Quan's Dwelling after obtaining the Hilda Garde III, a unique scene triggers with Quina, Quale, Quan and Vivi. Vivi is excited to see his grandpa again. Afterwards, the player can look into the clock on the ledge to receive a pair of Running Shoes.

Racing HippaulEdit

Hippaul

Hippaul racing.

Hippaul can be challenged to a footrace at the beginning of Disc Three. The race is available for a very short time only, and the opportunity to race him ends as the player agrees to see Ruby's play. Hippaul, along with his mother, can be found on the main street in Alexandria. Hippolady will mention that she wants her son to lose some weight.

The player controls Vivi and must press Square and Circle in quick succession to beat him. Racing Hippaul is the only way to obtain the rare key item Athlete Queen. Genji and Ribbon cards can also be won.

Hippaul gains levels as he loses to Vivi during the successive races. He quickly becomes extremely fast and difficult to defeat. Every ten levels up to 80 the player is rewarded with a prize; there are no rewards at levels 90 or 100. Hippaul gains five levels if Vivi beats him by a lot, but he only gains one level otherwise.

Level Card
Level 10 Wyerd Card
Level 20 Carrion Worm Card
Level 30 Tantarian Card
Level 40 Armstrong Card
Level 50 Ribbon Card
Level 60 Nova Dragon Card
Level 70 Genji Card
Level 80 Athlete Queen

There are several methods for making the game slightly easier: The most basic is to reconfigure the controller so that instead of Square and Circle, the buttons would be, say, L1 and R2. Another technique, albeit one with minimal effect, is to open the disc cover or disc tray, to slow the game down very slightly. If playing via emulator, decreasing the game's frame-rate effectively increases the rate at which button presses are received making it trivial to defeat Hippaul even at higher levels.

Jumping the gun is impossible, so one can start pressing the buttons before the race begins to get into the rhythm. If the player is willing to treat the controller roughly, it can be easier, for example, to configure opposing shoulder buttons and place the controller upside down on a solid surface, rocking it left and right to press the buttons.