Enemy Skill Materia Skills
There are a total of four Enemy Skill Materia that can be found throughout the game. More information about where to find them can be found in the Command Materia Section.
Your Enemy Skill Materia can learn enemy skills once the enemy has used one of those abilities on one of your characters. Note though that it has to hit the character that has the Enemy Skill Materia equipped. Sometimes this can be fairly difficult, such as involving the use of Manipulate Materia to force an enemy to use the skill on your party members.
A full list of the abilities and where to find them are included below:
Use in battle: A spell that can potentially inflict Sleep or Frog on an enemy.
Where to find it: Frog Song can be learned by fighting an enemy called a Touch Me which is a small frog shown in the screenshot. You can find them in the jungle areas just outside of Gongaga (just south of Gold Saucer).
Use in battle: Casting the spell will hit an enemy for 31/32 or 96.875% of the targets HP. It will also inflict the Mini status but only if the targets level is divisible by 4 (such as level 24, level 52, etc.). It does not work against most bosses.
Where to find it: You can learn it by having an enemy called a Mu (shown in the screenshot to the right) cast it on one of your party members. Mu’s can be found around the Chocobo Farm.
Use in battle: Magic Hammer drains a target of 100 MP and can be an incredibly effective tool in certain boss battles.
Where to find it: You can learn Magic Hammer by fighting a Razor Weed. You have to use the Manipulate Materia to force Razor Weed to use the spell on you as it will not naturally use the spell in battle. Razor Weeds can be found in the areas around Wutai.
Use in battle: Heals all of your party members and can remove negative status effects such as Sleep, Poison, Confuse, Silence, Slow, Stop, Frog, Small, Paralyze, Petrify, Berserk, Paralysis and Darkness. It can be hugely beneficial to your party.
Where to find it: You can learn White Wind from a bird-like enemy called a Zemzelett (shown in the screenshot). You have to use Manipulate Materia on it in order to force it to use the spell on your party. Zemzelett’s can be found in the area around Junon.
Use in battle: Big Guard is one of the most useful and beneficial spells in the game - and you can pick it up relatively early in the game as well. It casts Haste, Barrier and MBarrier (speeding your characters up and protecting them against both physical and magical attacks). This spell is definitely worth picking up as early as you can.
Where to find it: You can learn Big Guard from an enemy called a Beachplug which can be found on the beaches near Costa del Sol. You will have to use your Manipulate Materia on the Beachplug to force it to use the spell on your party.
Use in battle: Can be used to revive and fully restore the HP of a party member.
Where to find it: It can be learned from an enemy called a Pollensalta which can be found in the Northern Cave (pictured in the screenshot). You will have to use Manipulate Materia on the enemy to force it to use the spell on your party.
Use in battle: Dragon Force will raise the defense and magic defense of one of your party members.
Where to find it: You can learn it from a Dark Dragon which can be found in the Northern Cave. You will have to use Manipulate Materia on the dragon in order to force it to use the spell on your party.
Use in battle: Death Force can protect your party members from the instant death spells.
Where to find it: You can learn Death Force from an enemy called a Adamantaimai (pictured in the screenshot) which can be found on the beaches near Wutai. Adamantaimai will never use the skill in battle so you will have to use Manipulate Materia to force it to use the spell on your party.
Use in battle: Damages all enemy opponents with fire-based damage. It’s not a bad spell but there are others that are much more powerful.
Where to find it: Dragons and Ark Dragons can use the spell on your party. You can find an Ark Dragon in the Mythril Mine (near Nibelheim).
Use in battle: Damage enemy opponents with gravity-based damage which hits an enemy for 50% of its HP. It does not work on many bosses and more powerful enemies.
Where to find it: You can learn it from a Death Claw in the deserts of Corel Prison or from a Dark Dragon in the Northern Cave.
Use in battle: Deals non-elemental damage to all opponents. It is a very powerful spell early on in the game and it takes very little MP to cast. It is very effective against groups of enemies.
Where to find it: You can learn Matra Magic from a Custom Sweeper enemy (shown in the screenshot). The enemy will use it against your party during the normal course of battle. You can find them in the areas around Midgar.
Use in battle: Bad Breath can be used to inflict a number of status effects on enemies or bosses (if they are susceptible to them) including Sleep, Poison, Confusion, Silence, Frog and Small.
Where to find it: You can learn Bad Breath from a Malboro. Malboro’s will use the spell on you automatically. You can find them in the Northern Cave.
Use in battle: Beta is a powerful spell that inflicts fire-based damage to all enemies on the battle field.
Where to find it: Beta is learned by fighting a Midgar Zolom. You can do this during your first pass through when you first hit the Chocobo Farm. It is easier to return to this area later though. The Midgar Zolom will only use Beta when it is below 25% health.
Use in battle: Aqualung is another powerful spell that is worth picking up and using often during a regular playthrough. It does water-based damage to all enemies.
Where to find it: You can learn Aqualung from a Harpy enemy which can be found by taking the buggy and traveling around the areas surrounding Gold Saucer. It can also be learned from an enemy called a Serpent which can be found on the Sunken Gelnika. Both enemies will use the spell on your party during the normal course of battle.
Use in battle: Trine is a powerful spell that inflicts lightning-based damage.
Where to find it: There are a limited number of places where you can pick up this spell. They include the battle against Materia Keeper in Mount Nibel, the battle against Godo in the Wutai Pagoda and from enemies called Stilvas which can be fought on Gaia’s Cliff. This Enemy Skill is one of the few missable enemy skills (along with Pandora’s Box).
Use in battle: Magic is a fairly powerful attack that does fire, lightning and ice-based damage to enemies.
Where to find it: You can learn Magic Breath from an enemy called a Parasite which can be found in the Northern Cave. You will have to use Manipulate Materia on it in order to get it to use the move on your characters as it will not normally use Magic Breath during the regular course of a battle.
Use in battle: Deals damage equal to the caster’s maximum HP minus their current HP which means it does more damage to the enemy when you have less HP. Its use in battle is fairly limited.
Where to find it: You can learn this move from an enemy called a Jersey (pictured in the screenshot). You can find them in the room with the safe that contains the Key to the Basement.
Use in battle: Deal non-elemental damage to an enemy (and not very much damage unless you are the same level as the enemy you hit)
Where to find it: You can learn Goblin Punch from a Goblin which can be found on Goblin Island (or a couple of other islands around the World Map). Goblin Island is the island to the north east shown in the screenshot.
Use in battle: Deals damage (non-elemental) to a single opponent.
Where to find it: The only way to obtain Chocobuckle is from a Chocobo and the process of obtaining it is not easy. Start off by initiating a battle that involves a Chocobo (equip a Chocobo Lure Materia and wander around some Chocobo tracks). Use a Sylkis Greens or a Mimett Greens item on the Chocobo to make it stick around and then have one of your characters (the one you want to learn Chocobuckle) use L4 Suicide on the Chocobo to cause it to reach 1/32 of its HP. Note though that L4 Suicide will only work if the Chocobo’s level is a multiple of 4. Just initiate another battle if L4 Suicide doesn’t work.
Use in battle: Similar to L4 Death listed above.
Where to find it: This spell can also be learned from a Parasite similar to Magic Breath. Parasites can be found in the Northern Crater.
Use in battle: Inflicts the “Death” status effect which kills a character or an enemy after 60 seconds. It will not work on bosses.
Where to find it: You can learn Death Sentence from an enemy called a Boundfat which can be found in the Corral Valley just after the Sleeping Forest in Bone Village. A Boundfat is shown in the screenshot. Using a magic spell or a summon to kill Boundfat will cause it to cast Death Sentence automatically as its final attack.
Use in battle: Has a chance to instantly kill an enemy.
Where to find it: Roulette is picked up from an enemy called a Death Dealer which can be found in the Northern Cave. The conditions for causing Death Dealer to use Roulette are fairly painful to initiate so it is recommended that you use Manipulate Materia to force it to cast the spell on your party members.
Use in battle: Deals a ton of damage to a single opponent - one of the strongest Enemy Skills.
Where to find it: You can learn Shadow Flare from Safer-Sephiroth, Ruby Weapon and Ultimate Weapon, but if you have already defeated Ultimate Weapon you can also obtain it from a Dragon Zombie in the Northern Crater. It will naturally use this move in battle.
Use in battle: Deals a ton of damage to all opponents on the battlefield and is one of the strongest Enemy Skills.
Where to find it: There are only two places where one can learn the Pandora’s Box spell. The first is during the battle against Jenova-Synthesis but this is past the point of no return in the Northern Cave so you basically can’t keep the spell. The other method for obtaining it is to battle a Dragon Zombie. You only have one chance in the game to obtain it and that is against the very first Dragon Zombie that you encounter, meaning that if you have already fought and killed one (and saved your game) it’s too late. Dragon Zombie will use Pandora’s Box as its final attack, but only the first Dragon Zombie you kill will do this. There is a glitch that prevents any Dragon Zombie from ever using the spell again after the first time you battle one. More information can be found in the Northern Cave section.