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Final Fantasy IX
Strategy Guide

First Published: 28-04-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 10-09-2020 / 02:29 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 23-09-2020 / 15:52 GMT

Vivi is a Black Mage that the player meets very early in the game, who tags along with the rest of the gang to find out who he truly is. He lacks self-confidence and is shown to be very clumsy, often tripping over his own feet throughout the game. At the beginning of the game, Vivi is fearful of his powers, opting to not use them until he gets some encouragement from the others. Because of this, he does look up to Zidane as some sort of brotherly figure.

Vivi’s unique power is Black Magic, allowing him to cast all sorts of damaging spells on enemies. He is the only person with Black Magic in the game, so he should be a mainstay in your party, whenever you have access to him. His other unique ability, Focus, basically increasing his magic for the duration of the battle. Vivi’s Trance is called Dbl Blk and as the name suggests, it allows you to cast two spells in a single turn. Note that both will use MP, so you’re not getting any help from there. Vivi’s strengths lay in blasting foes with elemental magic and once he gets access to some spells like Bio, non-elemental magic. One more thing is that if Steiner’s in the same party as Vivi, Steiner will have access to Sword Magic, which doesn’t cost anything on Vivi’s end.

Black Magic

Black MagicLearnedAP Needed
FireMage Staff, Leather Hat20
FiraFlame Staff, Mage's Hat, Topaz, Power Belt50
FiragaOctagon Rod75
BlizzardLeather Wrist25
BlizzaraIce Staff, Opal50
BlizzagaOctagon Rod85
ThunderGlass Buckle, Silk Shirt25
ThundaraLightning Staff, Peridot50
ThundagaOctagon Rod85
SleepFlame Staff20
SlowIce Staff, Magus Hat20
StopOak Staff25
PoisonLightning Staff35
BioOak Staff40
OsmoseHigh Mage Staff, Gaia Gear70
DrainOak Staff60
DemiCypress Pile, Amethyst, Black Belt30
CometCypress Pile55
DeathBlack Hood45
BreakCypress Pile30
WaterN-Kai Armlet55
MeteorHigh Mage Staff95
FlareBlack Robe95
DoomsdayMace of Zeus150

Support Abilities

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms
    iOS, PC, Switch, PS1, PS4, XB1
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    28 April 2019
  • Last Updated
    10 September 2020
  • Guide Author

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A group known as the Tantalus Theatre Troupe visits the kingdom of Alexandria to celebrate the birthday of Princess Garnet. Unbeknownst to the royal family and the citizens of the city, the troupe is actually a band of thieves, who are aiming to kidnap the princess. However, to add a twist, the princess was planning on escaping the castle all along, even asking the troupe to "kidnap" her. This little event kickstarts many others, leading to a grand adventure.

This guide is planned to have a beginning-to-end walkthrough of the main story, while simultaneously guiding you through all of the side quests and other goodies in the game. The side quests include Chocobo Hot and Cold, Tetra Master, and all of the smaller ones, like the jump rope mini-game, Friendly Monsters, Excalibur II, and much more. In addition to all of this, you will find lists of all abilities that characters can learn, as well as Quina's Blue Magic.

  • Beginning-to-end walkthrough, covering all story elements
  • Coverage on all side quests, from major to minor ones
  • How to learn all abilities, including Quina's Blue Magic
  • Detailed trophy/achievement guide

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