- See also: Types of Materia
Materia can be used to enhance your gear. You can attach materia into a piece of equipment with socket(s) to improve its attributes.
Players can acquire materia by extracting it from pieces of equipment with 100% spiritbond. Spiritbond percentage increases as you use that piece of armor in battle, crafting or gathering.
- Main article: Spiritbond
You can create materia from your weapons, armors and tools with spiritbond of 100%. You can increase the spiritbond percentage of a piece of gear by earning experience through battle, crafting and gathering while wearing that piece. You can tell gear has reached 100% spiritbond from the green equipment dots turning white at the bottom right of the screen (by default), and there is an audio cue sound effect when 100% is first reached.
The type of materia you create from a piece of gear depends on the gear's intended class. For example, when you extract from a piece gear designed for a pugilist or lancer, you will receive materia that is ideal for physical, melee damage dealing.
Lower level gear produces lower-tier materia. Additionally, higher materia tiers require higher level gear for melding.
|Tier||Levels of Gear||Item Level Requirements for Melding|
|I||1-14 for 100%
15-29 for 90%
|II||15-29 for 10%
30 - 44 for 90%
|III||30-44 for 10%
45+ for 90%
|IV||45-50 i60 for 10%
i60-i130 for 75%-80%
|55+ (DoH/DoL) |
|VII||71-80||420+ (DoW/DoM) |
|VIII||71-80||420+ (DoW/DoM) |
Different types of gear produce different types of Materia.
|Gear Type||Types of Materia Extracted|
|Disciples of War||Tenacity, Skill Speed, Direct Hit Rate, Critical Hit, Determination.|
|Disciples of Magic||Piety, Spell Speed, Direct Hit Rate, Critical Hit, Determination.|
|Disciples of the Hand||Craftsmanship, Control, CP.|
|Disciples of the Land||Gathering, Perception, GP.|
|Name||Stat Increased||Tier I||Tier II||Tier III||Tier IV||Tier V||Tier VI1||Tier VII||Tier VIII1||Tier IX||Tier X1|
|Savage Aim Materia||Critical Hit||+1||+2||+3||+4||+6||+16||+8||+24||+12||+36|
|Savage Might Materia||Determination||+1||+2||+3||+4||+6||+16||+8||+24||+12||+36|
|Heaven's Eye Materia||Direct Hit Rate||+1||+2||+3||+4||+6||+16||+8||+24||+12||+36|
|Quickarm Materia||Skill Speed||+1||+2||+3||+4||+6||+16||+8||+24||+12||+36|
|Quicktongue Materia||Spell Speed||+1||+2||+3||+4||+6||+16||+8||+24||+12||+36|
|Craftsman's Command Materia||Control||+1||+2||+3||+4||+7||+10||+9||+13||+12||+18|
|Craftsman's Cunning Materia||CP||+1||+2||+3||+4||+6||+8||+7||+9||+8||+10|
|Craftsman's Competence Materia||Craftsmanship||+3||+4||+5||+6||+11||+16||+14||+21||+18||+27|
|Gatherer's Grasp Materia||GP||+1||+2||+3||+4||+6||+8||+7||+9||+8||+10|
|Gatherer's Guerdon Materia||Gathering||+3||+4||+5||+6||+10||+15||+12||+20||+14||+25|
|Gatherer's Guile Materia||Perception||+3||+4||+5||+6||+10||+15||+12||+20||+14||+25|
- 1Tier VI, VIII, and X materia "cannot be melded onto a piece of equipment past the first advanced materia melding slot."
- NOTE: Various materia has since been discontinued, such as Fire, Ice, Earth, Water, Wind, and Lightning materia – used to add elemental resistance to gear. In addition, various core-stat materia was also discontinued, including Intelligence, Mind, Strength, Dexterity, and Vitality materia.
The easiest way to meld (attach) Materia is to find a Materia Melder (NPC) who will perform the service for a small fee. This method has no level requirement. You can find them near one of the Market Boards in any of the three cities or player housing if the owner has purchased and placed a Materia Melder Permit.
To meld Materia yourself, you will need to complete the Waking the Spirit quest. The quest giver is F'hobhas, located at The Bonfire in Central Thanalan (x:23, y:13). You will need to be level 19 or higher with at least one Disciple of the Hand (crafter) to accept the quest. Once completed, you will unlock the "Materia Melding" action.
Forbidden melds and overmelding
It is possible to meld more materia to a piece of gear than the available slots. Doing so requires completing the Melding Materia Muchly quest given by Mutamix, also located at The Bonfire in Central Thanalan (x:23, y:13). You will need to be level 25 or higher with at least one Disciple of the Hand (crafter) to turn in the quest.
You can accept the quest at level 19, but can't turn it in until level 25. However, you can turn in the quest as any level 25+ class, including Disciples of War or Magic.
The quest involves melding 8 materia to gear in front of Mutamix. To save time, you can use one piece of materia and one gear socket. Simply meld the one materia, then right click on the item and retrieve the materia you just melded. Then, meld that same materia back into the same slot. Repeat for a total of 8 times.
Once complete, the "Advanced Materia Melding" action replaces the standard "Materia Melding" action. Advanced melds are better known as forbidden melds or overmelding.
Forbidden melds allow you to meld up to 5 materia to a piece of gear. However, the chance of success is low, typically starting at 45 or 35%. The probability of success decreases further depending on the number of materia already melded. Going for a full five melds (pentamelding) typically ends at about 4-8% for the final meld. Crafters attempting pentamelds often lose lots of materia during the process unless extremely lucky.
Overmelding is not necessary in most gameplay situations, except when attempting the most challenging content in the game (such as the highest tier of savage raids), or for crafters attempting to make Endgame gear reliably for profit.
Materia Transmutation was released in Patch 2.25. To unlock Materia Transmutation, players must complete the level 19 quest Marvelously Mutable Materia. Players can talk to Kokosamu in Central Thanalan (x23,y14). Players must have completed Life, Materia and Everything before starting Marvelously Mutable Materia.
Players can trade Mutamix Bubblypots in Central Thanalan (x23,y13) 5 pieces of any kind of materia and he will give you one random materia in return. The returned materia is guaranteed to be a different type than the starting five, which can be mixed to improve the odds of getting the type the player wants. Occasionally players will get materia that are higher grade than the ones they have traded in.
You can remove materia from items using the item context menu. While doing so, there is a chance of preserving the removed materia for further use. As of Patch 6.0, this chance is 100% for materia grade VIII or lower.