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Magic (stat)

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The magic stat help prompt in Fire Emblem Awakening.

Magic (Japanese: 魔力 Magical power), abbreviated as Mgc in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776 and as Mag in the English games, is a statistic applied to units which determines the power of a unit's magical attack. The stat was introduced in Gaiden as the magical counterpart to Strength, in that it is used to calculate a unit's total magical damage output. It is also typically used in calculating the total recovery power of healing staves and white magic. In games that feature separate Strength and Magic stats, certain physical weapons, such as the Flame Sword, use the Magic stat in calculating the damage dealt by their ranged attacks.

In Gaiden and the Game Boy Advance games, the Strength and Magic stats are essentially one and the same, and use the same value. Whether it is labelled as "strength" or "magic" in the unit data window is determined by the unit's class and available weapon types; if one modifies the game to enable Mages to wield swords, for example, the stat will instead be labelled "Strength". For Celica, who in Gaiden can perform both physical and magical attacks, the stat is always labelled (Japanese: こうげきりょく attack power), regardless of whether she is currently using swords or magic, but is used in calculating her magical damage output regardless.

Three games in the main Fire Emblem series as well as Heroes do not feature the Magic stat: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. In Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, magical damage is determined solely by the might of a tome; in Mystery of the Emblem, the Strength stat serves the same purpose that Magic fulfils in other titles; in Heroes and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, the roles of the Strength and Magic stats have been amalgamated into a single Attack stat which serves a similar purpose to the two source stats in the Gaiden/Game Boy Advance system.

Calculations

Magical damage

Game Formula Notes
Gaiden ( Magic + Might ) × Effectiveness --
Genealogy of the Holy War Magic + Might In this game, bonus damage works differently and is not part of this calculation.
Thracia 776 Magic + ( Might × Effectiveness ) + Pure Water/Magic Up bonus + Terrain bonus --
The Binding Blade Magic + [ ( Might + Trinity of magic bonus ) × Effectiveness ] + Support bonus --
The Blazing Blade Magic + [ ( Might + Trinity of magic bonus ) × Effectiveness ] + Support bonus --
The Sacred Stones Magic + [ ( Might + Trinity of magic bonus ) × Effectiveness ] + Support bonus --
Path of Radiance Magic + [ ( Might + Trinity of magic bonus ) × Effectiveness ] + Support bonus --
Radiant Dawn Magic + [ ( Might + Trinity of magic bonus ) × Effectiveness ] + Support bonus + Altitude bonus --
Shadow Dragon Magic + ( Might × Effectiveness ) + Weapon level bonus --
New Mystery of the Emblem Magic + ( Might × Effectiveness ) + Weapon level bonus --
Awakening Magic + ( Might × Effectiveness ) + Weapon level bonus --
Fates Magic + ( Might × Effectiveness ) + Weapon triangle bonus + Weapon level bonus --

Magical defence

In Thracia 776, magic is also used in calculating a unit's total magical defence, in the absence of the Resistance stat.

Game Formula Notes
Thracia 776 Magic + Pure Water/Magic Up bonus + Terrain bonus --

Staff accuracy

In Genealogy of the Holy War, the Game Boy Advance games, Path of Radiance, and Radiant Dawn, magic is used in determining whether or not a staff that inflicts a status condition, such as Sleep or Silence, will have the desired effect on its target.

Game Formula Notes
Genealogy of the Holy War If user's Magic > Target's Resistance, the staff will hit. --
The Binding Blade 30 + ([ User's Magic − Target's Resistance ] × 6 ) + User's Skill − (Distance between units) --
The Blazing Blade 30 + ( User's Magic × 5 ) + User's Skill --
The Sacred Stones 30 + ( User's Magic × 5 ) + User's Skill --
Path of Radiance ( 30 + [{ User's Magic − Target's Resistance } × 5 ] + User's Skill ) − (Distance between units x 2) --
Radiant Dawn ( 30 + [{ User's Magic − Target's Resistance } × 5 ] + User's Skill ) − (Distance between units x 2) --

Conditions

In Thracia 776, magic is halved temporarily when attempting to capture an enemy unit, or when carrying an allied unit. Also, if under the effects of the Sleep or Stone conditions, a character's magic becomes 0.

Items affecting magic

Weapons, items and skills providing equipping bonus
Item Magic increase Games
Is snes02 valflame.png Valflame +10/+5 when equipped. Genealogy of the Holy War, Awakening
Is snes02 magic ring.png Magic Ring +5 when in inventory. Genealogy of the Holy War
Is snes03 flame sword.png Flame Sword +5 when equipped. Thracia 776
Is snes03 blessed sword.png Blessed Sword +10 when equipped. Thracia 776
Is snes03 lopt sword.png Lopt Sword +20 when equipped. Thracia 776
Is gba apocalypse.png Apocalypse +5 when equipped. The Binding Blade, The Blazing Blade
Is gba demon light.png Demon Light +10 when equipped. The Sacred Stones
Is ds magestone.png Magestone +7 when equipped. Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Is ds aquarius shard.png Aquarius Shard +1 when in inventory. New Mystery of the Emblem
Is ds gemini shard.png Gemini Shard +1 when in inventory. New Mystery of the Emblem
Is ds capricorn shard.png Capricorn Shard +2 when in inventory. New Mystery of the Emblem
Is ds starsphere.png Starsphere +2 when in inventory. New Mystery of the Emblem
Is ds binding shield.png Binding Shield +2 when in inventory. New Mystery of the Emblem
Is 3ds01 dragonstone.png Dragonstone +5 when equipped. Awakening
Is 3ds01 dragonstone+.png Dragonstone+ +6 when equipped. Awakening
Is 3ds01 magic +2.png Magic +2 +2 when active. Awakening, Fates, Three Houses
Is 3ds01 all stats +2.png All Stats +2 +2 when active. Awakening, Fates
Is 3ds01 swordfaire.png Swordfaire +5 when equipping a magic sword.* Awakening, Fates
Is 3ds01 lancefaire.png Lancefaire +5 when equipping a magic lance.* Awakening, Fates
Is 3ds01 axefaire.png Axefaire +5 when equipping a magic axe.* Awakening, Fates
Is 3ds01 bowfaire.png Bowfaire +5 when equipping a magic bow.* Fates
Is 3ds02 shurikenfaire.png Shurikenfaire +5 when equipping a magic dagger.* Fates
Is 3ds01 tomefaire.png Tomefaire +5 when equipping a tome. Awakening, Fates
Is 3ds02 emblem.png Battle Seal +2 when in inventory. Fates
Items providing a permanent increase
Item Magic increase Games
Is snes03 magic ring.png Magic Ring Permanent +2 increase when used. Thracia 776
Is gba energy ring.png Energy Ring Permanent +2 increase when used. The Binding Blade, The Blazing Blade, The Sacred Stones
Is 3ds01 spirit dust.png Spirit Dust Permanent +2 increase when used. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening, Fates
Is 3ds01 naga's tear.png Naga's Tear Permanent +2 increase when used. Awakening
Is 3ds02 stat booster.png Dragon Herbs Permanent +2 increase when used. Fates
Is ns01 stat booster.png Premium Magic Herbs Permanent +1 increase when used. Three Houses


Items and skills modifying the growth rate
Item/skill Magic growth modification Games
Is snes03 njörun scroll.png Njörun Scroll -10% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 thrud scroll.png Thrud Scroll +5% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 fjalar scroll.png Fjalar Scroll +5% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 ced scroll.png Ced Scroll +10% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 bragi scroll.png Bragi Scroll +10% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 heim scroll.png Heim Scroll +30% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is gba afa's drops.png Afa's Drops Permanent +5% to growth rate when used. Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Is gba metis's tome.png Metis's Tome Permanent +5% to growth rate when used. The Sacred Stones
Is gcn mage band.png Mage Band +10% to growth rate when in inventory. Path of Radiance
Is ds growth drop.png Growth Drop Permanent +10% to growth rate when used. New Mystery of the Emblem
Is 3ds01 aptitude.png Aptitude +20%/+10 to all growth rates when equipped. Awakening, Fates, Three Houses


Items and skills providing a temporary change
Item Magic change Games
Is snes03 pure water.png Pure Water +7 to the user's Magic; the effect decreases by 1 each turn. Thracia 776
Is snes03 magic up.png Magic Up +7 to a single ally's Magic; the effect decreases by 1 each turn. Thracia 776
Is gba filla's might.png Filla's Might +10 to a single ally's Magic for one turn. Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Is ds magic card.png Magic +1 to all allies' Magic for the duration of the map*. Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Is ds magic bond.png Magic Bond +2 to the user's Magic for the duration of a chapter when used. New Mystery of the Emblem
Is 3ds01 magic tonic.png Magic Tonic +2 to the user's Magic for the duration of a chapter or skirmish when used. New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening, Fates
Is ds rainbow tonic.png Rainbow Tonic +2 to the user's Magic for the duration of a chapter when used. New Mystery of the Emblem, Fates
Is 3ds01 tiki's tear.png Tiki's Tear +2 to the user's Magic for the duration of a chapter or skirmish when used. Awakening
Is 3ds01 defender.png Defender +1 to Magic when Pair Up is active. Awakening, Fates
Is 3ds01 special dance.png Special Dance +2 to a single ally's Magic for one turn. Awakening
Is 3ds01 rally heart.png Rally Heart +2 to all allies' Magic within a 3-tile radius of the user for one turn. Awakening, Fates
Is 3ds01 rally magic.png Rally Magic +4 to all allied units in a 3/2-tile radius of the user for one turn/to an adjacent allied unit for one turn. Awakening, Fates, Three Houses
Is 3ds01 rally spectrum.png Rally Spectrum +4 to all allies' Magic within a 3-tile radius of the user for one turn. Awakening, Fates
Is 3ds02 bloodthirst.png Bloodthirst +4 for one turn, if user initiates combat and defeats the target. Fates
Is 3ds02 magictaker.png Magictaker +2 when defeating an enemy.* Fates
Is ns01 skill self buff.png Survival Instinct +4 for one turn, if user initiates combat and defeats the target. Three Houses
Is ns01 fiendish blow.png Fiendish Blow +6 if unit initiates combat. Three Houses
Is ns01 defiant mag.png Defiant Magic +8 if HP ≤ 25%. Three Houses
Weapons providing a temporary decrease after use
Item Magic change Games
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Iron Shuriken If user's attack hit the target, inflicts -2 debuff on the target after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Spy's Shuriken If user's attack hit the target, inflicts -2 debuff on the target after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Dual Shuriken If user's attack hit the target, inflicts -2 debuff on the target after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Flame Shuriken If user's attack hit the target, inflicts -4 debuff on the target after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Chakram If user's attack hit the target, inflicts -6 debuff on the target after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 scroll.png Rabbit Spirit If user attacked, inflicts stacking -2 debuff on the user after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 scroll.png Dragon Spirit After combat, if user attacked, user's magic is halved until the end of their next round of combat in which they attack. Fates
Is 3ds02 scroll.png Snake Spirit After combat, if user attacked, user's magic is halved until the end of their next round of combat in which they attack. Fates
Is 3ds02 scroll.png Ink Painting If user attacked, inflicts stacking -2 debuff on the user after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 sword.png Leo's Iceblade If user attacked, inflicts stacking -2 debuff on the user after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Iron Dagger If user's attack hit the target, inflicts -2 debuff on the target after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Soldier's Knife If user's attack hit the target, inflicts -2 debuff on the target after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Kris Knife If user's attack hit the target, inflicts -3 debuff on the target after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Votive Candle If user's attack hit the target, inflicts -1 debuff on the target after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 tome.png Ragnarok If user attacked, inflicts stacking -2 debuff on the user after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 tome.png Ginnungagap After combat, if user attacked, user's magic is halved until the end of their next round of combat in which they attack. Fates
Is 3ds02 tome.png Lightning If user attacked, inflicts stacking -2 debuff on the user after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 tome.png Iago's Tome If user attacked, inflicts stacking -2 debuff on the user after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 staff.png Enfeeble If user's attack hit the target, inflicts -4 debuff on the target after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 dragonstone.png Dragonstone+ If user attacked, inflicts stacking -2 debuff on the user after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 saw.png Saw If user's attack hit the target, inflicts -4 debuff on the target after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 saw.png Big Saw If user's attack hit the target, inflicts -6 debuff on the target after combat. Fates
Is 3ds02 seal magic.png Seal Magic If user survives/If user's attack hit the target, inflicts -6 debuff on the target after combat. Fates, Three Houses

Flavor text

Game Text
(English)
Text
(Japanese)
The Binding Blade Magical power. Magical
power is akin to strength.*
??
The Blazing Blade Magical power. Magical
power is akin to strength.
??
The Sacred Stones Magical power. Magical
power is akin to strength.
??
Path of Radiance The unit's magical power.
This affects the damage a unit
can inflict with magic.
??
Radiant Dawn The unit's magical power. This affects
the unit's damage with magic and its
effectiveness with staves.
??
Awakening Magic. Affects damage the unit
deals with magical attacks.
??
Fates Magic. Affects damage the unit
deals with magical attacks.
??
Three Houses Affects damage the unit deals with
magical attacks.
??

Trivia

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Magic --
English
(unofficial)
M. Power Magical power; this name is used in the Gaiden fan translation.
Japanese 魔力
まりょく
• Magical power; the kanji form is used from Thracia 776 onwards.
• A hiragana rendering used in Gaiden and Genealogy of the Holy War.
Spanish Poder mágico Magical power
French Puissance magique Magical power
German Magische Kraft Magical power
Italian Potere magico Magical power
Dutch Magische aanvallen Magical attack

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