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The White Materia as it falls from Aerith's hair after Sephiroth impales her through the torso and kills her.

The White Materia is a mysterious and incredibly powerful Materia. It and its counterpart, the Black Materia, are the largest Materia seen in Final Fantasy VII, as well as the most unique, there being only one of each. It is used to speak directly with the Planet. Once the Planet receives the message, the Materia glows green, as seen in the picture to the right. In the game, it is used only once to summon the "Ultimate White Magic," Holy, which summons the full power of the Planet to protect the continuation and harmony of life. It is thought of as a myth by many, and not believed to exist even by the characters until the end of the first disk.

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Long ago, the Cetra were given two gifts from the Planet they lived upon: the Black Materia, which had the power to destroy, and the White Materia, which had the power to protect. Being peaceful people, the Cetra embraced the power of the White Materia and rejected the Black, sealing it away by transforming it into a complex, booby-trapped, maze-like temple, as they could not destroy it due to its great power.

When the terrible organism Jenova fell from the sky to the surface of the Planet, the Cetran civilization was nearly wiped out before Jenova was sealed. As they had kept the knowledge of both Black and White Materia from their close cousins, the humans, whom they did not trust with the knowledge of such absolute power, the knowledge of Holy slowly died along with the Cetra themselves. Eventually, the Cetra's numbers fell so far that eventually only one of the Cetra remained alive - Ifalna, who lived in quiet solitude in Icicle Inn to the far north, keeping the secret of the White Materia until her inevitable death. However, that death came sooner than she had expected, and she was forced to give the Materia to her daughter, Aeris Gainsborough, while the girl was still a child ignorant of its true abilities.

When Aeris became involved with Cloud Strife and AVALANCHE in their fight to save the planet, she eventually learned of the White Materia's abilities and realized that if Sephiroth planned to summon Meteor, the only way to stop him was to summon Holy to combat it. As a result, she left Cloud and his allies - knowing that Cloud was under the control of Jenova and could not be trusted, much as she wanted to believe in him - and headed north to the lost Forgotten City, where she began to meditate in order to call upon Holy's powers.

However, just as Aeris succeeded in contacting the planet, Jenova - in the form of Sephiroth - impales Aeris through the torso with the Masamune, killing her seconds after the blade is removed. The White Materia, which Aeris had hidden within her hair, fell onto the crystalline floor and bounced into the lake beneath the Village, to be lost forever in its depths along with Aeris's corpse.

Although Cloud, Jenova, and Sephiroth all believed that reaching the Planet was now an impossibility with Aeris, the last Cetra, dead, this idea turned out to be false. Aeris' prayer had reached the Planet; however, Sephiroth was preventing the Lifestream from answering the call. To release Holy, Sephiroth had to be defeated. Unfortunately, by the time this had occurred, Meteor had already entered the Planet's atmosphere, and it was too late for Holy alone to force the apocalyptic object back without also harming the planet in the process.

It was Aeris who came to the rescue from beyond the grave, summoning up the entire Lifestream to supplement Holy's power. Although the clash between the two titanic forces created an enormous magical storm that destroyed Midgar, Meteor was repelled, and the Planet as a whole was saved. It is unknown what happened to the White Materia afterward.

Other Appearances

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Final Fantasy Tactics

White Materia.

In Final Fantasy Tactics, there is an artefact that can be obtained from an Errand called White Materia. Its description is the following:

These stones, developed by the ancient Saronians, are the result of experiments in storing knowledge within gems for later generations. They are said to enhance the abilities of the possessor.


Dissidia Final Fantasy

Cloud's Crystal in Dissidia.

A Materia piece resembling the White Materia appears at the end of Cloud's story and in the ending credits as the representative Crystal of Final Fantasy VII. Cloud acquires it from Sephiroth after defeating him in the Northern Crater. Along with the other nine Crystals, it opens the path to Chaos' domain in the final stage of the game.


This article uses material from the "White Materia" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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