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Final Fantasy Tactics, that enjoyable strategy game from Squaresoft, captivated everyone's hearts with the charming incantations that occasionally accompanied spells and special moves.

Okay, maybe not everyone, but I can't be the only person who goes around yelling stuff like "Armor won't help the heart stay sharp! Shellbust Stab!" at random intervals... can I?

Anyway, these spells are part zany videogame quote, part videogame koan, and part mistranslated gibberish, and sometimes all three simultaneously. I list here the spells, their effect (if I can remember them--feel free to correct or fill blanks; /msg me) and the magic phrase. Without further ado:

White Magic

(The Priest ability)

Life's refreshing breeze, blow in energy! Cure!
Cure 2
Life's refreshing breeze, heal from the sky! Cure2!
Cure 3
Blessing breeze, blow in energy! Cure3!
Cure 4 (all cures: restore HP/damage undead)
Mighty breeze, heal from the sky! Cure4!
Spirits of life, return us! Raise!
Raise 2 (all raise: restore wounded/damage undead)
Spirits of life, give a new life to the soul! Raise2!
Reraise (automatically resurrect if wounded)
Inject life's energy! Reraise!
Regen (increase HP each turn)
Share lives with all things in nature.... Regen!
Precious light, be our armor to protect us! Protect!
Protect 2 (all protect: increase physical defense)
Shining light, shield from all directions! Protect2!
Silent light, shield from evil! Shell!
Shell 2 (all shell: increase magical defense)
Enduring light, shield from roaring magic! Shell2!
Wall (bounce magic away from target)
Ancient light, rise and revive! Wall!
Esuna (heal any status ailment)
Heavenly wind, carry us to fountain of power! Esuna!
Holy (white magic attack)
Bright light, shine down on bloody impurity! Holy!

Black Magic

(The Wizard ability)

Destruction of nature, gather in flame! Fire!
Fire 2
Out of the ground, raze all greenery with flame! Fire2!
Fire 3
Star fire, awake and deliver your judgement! Fire3!
Fire 4 (all fire: flame-based attack)
Smouldering flames far below, punish the wicked! Fire4!
Scatter your chilly sharp blades! Ice!
Ice 2
Drifting breeze, come down with fury! Ice2!
Ice 3
Freezing wind, speak of forgotten truths! Ice3!
Ice 4 (all ice: ice-based attack. yes, duh.)
Effortless water, break your silence, attack! Ice4!
Strip away the ground with glistening blades! Bolt!
Bolt 2
Swirling bolts, gather and strike with power! Bolt2!
Bolt 3
Heavenly bolts, bring God's justice! Bolt3!
Bolt 4 (all bolt: lightning attack; stronger effect when raining or standing in water)
Angry spirits of the world strike now! Bolt4!
Poison (cause HP loss each turn)
Filthy blood of revenge, inject!! Poison!
Frog (turns victim into a frog...)
Know, live, become a frog! Frog!
Death (kills victim instantly)
Death gods carving life, take their souls! Death!
Flare (black magic attack)
Inscript the dark god into a rotting body! Flare!

Yin-Yang Magic

The Oracle ability

Foxbird (decrease Brave)
Cowards, weak, those rushing to die! Foxbird!
Sleep (cause sleep.. duh)
Lose conscious, wash away into the silent sea... Sleep!
Blind (lower hit%, I think)
All light, fall into darkness! Bound Darkness!
Pray Faith (increase Faith)
God is watching.... have faith! Pray Faith!
Zombie (turn victim to undead)
Great tree of life, inject rotten extract! Zombie!
Silence Song (inability to cast spells)
Conjurors seek truth in silence! Silence Song!
Confusion Song (cause confusion...)
Smash all who hunger for destruction.... Confusion Song!
Paralyze (inability to Act)
Mindless, spiritless, hear the immutable beat...Paralyze!
Petrify (monster goes naked and petrified)
Suffering spirits, to eternity! Break Seal!
Doubt Faith (lower Faith)
Seek the true tone to form our will... Doubt Faith!
Life Drain (steal HP)
Lost energy... raise the heartrate! Life Drain!
Spell Absorb (steal MP)
Guiding light, shed magic power from above! Spell Absorb!
Blind Rage (cause Berserk)
Reason with confusion, judge with recklessness! Brave Insanity!

Time Magic

(The Time Mage ability)

Layer upon layer make your mark now...Haste!
Haste 2 (all haste: CT increases at a faster rate)
Time's current, place me in your whirlpool! Haste2!
Time, rest and give your kindness to the worthy! Slow!
Slow 2 (all slow: CT increases at a slower rate)
Obey the sky's will, slow time down! Slow2!
Stop (stops target)
Spirits of time, hide us from the judging hand of God! Stop!
Don't Move (disables motion around the field)
Land of all lives, suppress all rebels! Don't Move!
Float (raises target 1h above the ground)
Land of mercy, loosen tight fists! Float!
Reflect (bounce magic away from target)
Spell break, turn into an avenging light! Reflect!
Quick (fill CT, causing the victim's next turn immediately)
Restore lost time in the spiral line...Quick!
Revenge with dark-evil spell! Demi!
Demi 2 (all demi: HP damage related to amount of HP, I think)
Black sheep of evil times, cover our light! Demi2!
Meteor (time magic attack)
Time has come...crash down on the wicked! Meteor!

Summon Magic

(The Summoner ability)

Moogle (raise HP)
Kupo! Round and round you go! Moogle!
Shiva (ice attack)
Wind, fade to silence and light, give us power! Shiva!
Ramuh (lightning attack)
Master of creation, impart thy help! Ramuh!
Ifrit (fire attack)
King of flames, bear down upon the enemy! Ifrit!
Titan (earth attack)
Bear down with land energy! Titan!
Golem (protect against attacks)
Earth-minded soul, protect us! Golem!
Carbunkle (add reflect)
Impart light to fight our holy war! Carbunkle!
Leviathan (water attack)
Sea fang, attack with water's power! Leviathan!
Scorch with dragon flame! Bahamut!
Silf (cause silence)
Windy god, strike enemies silent! Silf!
Fairy (increase HP)
Shiny crystal light, energize! Fairy!
Death song, death door, death river awaiting! Rich!
Evil flames, entrust your power to us! Salamander!
Scatter frozen blades of air! Clops!
Attack by the master of commandments! Zodiac!

Draw Out

(The Samurai ability)

Asura (HP damage)
Legendary sword that kills freely! Asura!
Evil souls of the dark, gather here...Koutetsu!
Bizen Boat (MP damage)
Nihilistic sky, inhale magic power...Bizen Boat!
No more loss of precious life! Murasame!
Heaven's Cloud
Yagumo rising, all who know God! Heaven's Cloud!
Innocent sword, slash evils and protect! Kiyomori!
Summon all ghosts of the sword! Attack! Muramasa!
Brave weapon, turn to a deadly blaze! Kikuichimoji!
Sword of fury, inject power! Masamune!
Flame-eating sword, swipe away the evils. Cirijiraden!

Punch Art

(The Monk ability)

Repeating Fist ('repeated' attack)
Fight for justice...fists of fury! Repeated Fist!
Earth Slash (attack along a straight line)
Earth's anger running through my arms! Earth Slash!
Secret Fist (start death countdown)
Cast down to hell with your fingers! Secret Fist!
Wave Fist (attack from a distance)
Burning anger rising...Burst! Wave Fist!

Sword Techniques

(various peoples' abilities)

Stasis Sword (cause 'stop')
Life is short...Bury! Steady Sword!
Split Punch
The devil's spirit of restlessness... Split Punch!
Crush Punch
The doom of a planet...Crush Punch!
Lightning Stab
Absorb power in the sky and strike! Lightning Stab!
Holy Explosion (cause confusion)
Heaven's wish to destroy all minds...Holy Explosion!
Night Sword (steal HP)
Master of all swords, cut energy! Night Sword!
Dark Sword (steal MP)
Dead or alive... slash magic power! Dark Sword!
Shellbust Stab (break armor)
Armor won't help the heart stay sharp! Shellbust Stab!
Blastar Punch
Curses from all directions! Blastar Punch!
Hellcry Punch (break weapon)
Demolish weapons with fury! Hellcry Punch!
Icewolf Bite
Disaster cries out to smash all.... Icewolf Bite!
Speed Ruin
Destroy all time! Speed Ruin!
Power Ruin
Stop with a mighty blow! Power Ruin!
Magic Ruin
Destroy evil magic! Magic Ruin!
Mind Ruin
Destroy magic power! Mind Ruin!


(Rafa and Malak's ability; attacks randomly within radius of target)

Heaven Thunder/Heaven Bltback (lightning attack)
Deadly rumbles, strike from the sky! Heaven Heaven Thunder!
Asura/Asura Back (fire attack)
Flames, gather and destroy! Asura!
Diamond Sword/Dia Sword Back (wind attack)
Clear with a mighty breeze! Diamond Sword!
Hydragon Pit/Dragn Pit Back (water attack)
Cut open the water-filled sky and pour! Hydragon Pit!
Space Storage/Space Str Back (status ailment attack)
All becomes illusion after this evening-bell! Space Storage!
Sky Demon/Sky Demon Back (earth attack)
Underground souls, rumble! Quake! Sky Demon!

Starry Heaven

(Olan's ability)

Galaxy Stop (stops or slows enemies)
Destiny lies in my hands! Stop movement! Galaxy stop!

Compiled from the fractional testimony of several webpages.

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