Yes, there are positive status effects too! Reflect has become a staple in the Final Fantasy world despite the fact that it is shite. Why, you ask, is it thus? Why must I question everything that you love, especially when a spell like reflect actually does make you think more about strategy?
Well, reflect is shite for the simple fact that it is nonsensical. If you’ve ever seen reflect cast, you’ll know that it’s basically this invisible spherical shield that makes you rubber and him glue. Cast, boing, zap.
Where the hell are my physics? I’m pretty sure that if a bigass bolt of lightning strikes from the sky downward on a single point, it’s not magically going to bounce over to the person who cast it, unless it flies back up to Zeus himself, who says “Where the fuck did this come from?” and fortuitously chucks it in what just happens to be the direction of the latest, greatest Pikachu imitator. But that would make for a damn good game.
The best part of reflect is that it makes healing totally useless, even from within the bubble. Tell me how this makes sense: you’re hanging out doing your best Jake Gyllenhaal impression in your reflect bubble when a truck comes out of nowhere and nails you head on. Ouch! You’d better cast heal!
“Hell no,” sez reflect. It’s going to bounce away and heal that truck. “But I’m inside
the bubble,” you say. It doesn’t make sense to me either. Where do the forces that create healing power originate from? Why aren’t they inside my bubble! Now you’ve made Jake Gyllenhaal sad. Way to go. You’ll never get to live out that twisted Donnie Darko sex dream now. Not even the bunny will show up.
All right kids, this story is getting kind of long and it’s way past your bedtime, so I think we had better end here for the day and pick up tomorrow night (which has no actual relation to when I’ll write another one of these). But there’s plenty more to learn about these terrible blights upon the world. For now, we’ll just have to cast…STOP.
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