Ward are a series of Elemental and Status abilities throughout the series, in which there is a 50% chance of preventing a status, or in an elements case, halves the damage done from a particular element. These were not named until Final Fantasy X, but has existed since the original Final Fantasy within pieces of equipment. The following list are all of the Ward abilities encountered throughout the series:
The following are not named but are named so to keep in line with the current abilities:
The Elemental Wards make their first appearance here, and only with the elements Fire, Ice, and Lightning. There are no Status Wards to be found in this game.
Status Wards make their first appearance here in the form of Shields, while there are no Elemental Wards to be found in the game.
Elemental Wards return in this game, while Status Wards all but disappear in this game in favor of Status Proofs instead. Protect Ring is the best piece of equipment in the game for Elemental Ward, as it possesses all 3 Elemental Wards. The Wards do not reappear until Final Fantasy X.
Elemental Wards return just as same as Final Fantasy IV, mostly found on armor and shields.
Earth, Wind, and Water are now added to Elemental Wards, and in the GBA version, Holy as well, all in the shield Force Shield. Fire, Ice, and Lightning Wards can be found amongst various pieces of equipment still.
Elemental Ward can only be put into use through either the armors Minerva Band, Dragon Armlet, and Ziedrich, or by equipping a Level 1 Elemental materia with any elemental materia in a character's armor.
All sorts of equipment grants Elemental Wards, and Dark finally joins as an Elemental Ward.
Fire, Ice, Lightning, and Water Ward are first named here, and are found on various dropped equipment, or can be customized onto armor by using 4 Bomb Fragments, 4 Antarctic Winds, 4 Electro Marbles, and 4 Fish Scales respectively.
Fire, Ice, Lightning, and Water Ward return with the inclusion of Tetra Ward, all of which can only be utilized on Red Ring, White Ring, Yellow Ring, Blue Ring, and Tetra Band respectively.
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