Materia

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A collection of Materia.

Materia are items that allow an individual to perform magic, special abilities and otherwise exert their usual limitations. They can also be used for other various reasons.

Description

Materia is crystallized Mako. Metaphysically, Materia calls upon the wisdom of the Lifestream in order to manipulate nature itself. This manifests as the phenomenon of magic for most Materia, although other Materia pieces enhance the user's abilities. Unless one is descended from the Cetra, Materia is the only way normal humans can use magic.

Materia is able to occur naturally at "Mako Springs," places where the Lifestream leaks through the surface of The Planet and condenses, such as on Mt. Nibel. However, this is a rare occurrence, taking centuries for the Mako to crystallize into Materia, and most Materia in use is artificially produced. It is never stated if natural Materia has any appreciable difference in usage and power from artificial Materia, but the White Materia, Black Materia, and the four Materia pieces found in the Materia Caves are much stronger than other Materia pieces, so natural Materia appears to be stronger than artificial Materia.

Types

There are five basic Materia types, distinguished by color.

Color Icon Ability Description
Red
FFVII Summon Materia Icon.PNG
Summon Materia Used to summon creatures to aid in battle.
Green
FFVII Magic Materia Icon.PNG
Magic Materia Used to cast spells.
Yellow
FFVII Command Materia Icon.PNG
Command Materia Allows the use of extra commands in battle.
Blue
FFVII Support Materia Icon.PNG
Support Materia Can be linked to other Materia in order to enhance their effects.
Purple
FFVII Independent Materia Icon.PNG
Independent Materia Various functions, including increasing stats.


Special Materia

The Goddess Materia, a gigantic natural Materia.
  • The Black Materia is used to call the Ultimate Destructive Magic, Meteor, which can destroy the planet.
  • The White Materia is used to call Holy, the ultimate protective magic which cleanses the planet.
  • Huge Materia are special Materia formed from compressing Mako in a Mako Reactor..
  • The Protomateria, used to control Chaos.
  • A special summon materia that can be used to call Zirconiade, the ultimate summon. It was split into many pieces to prevent Zirconiade from being called.
  • An enormous red Materia called "The Goddess Materia" which resides in the depths of the Banora Underground.
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