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The following is a list of skills (スキル, Sukiru?) available in Star Ocean and its remake Star Ocean: First Departure. Skills can be learned by spending SP on the "Skills" menu, or by using a skill book on a character.

Knowledge skills

Knowledge skills (知識スキル, Chishiki Sukiru?) mostly raise the character's stats per skill level.

Name Details Required SP Acquire
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mineralogy
鉱物学?
Knowledge of precious metals. Raises INT by 3 per LV. 2 4 6 7 8 12 18 24 36 52 Haute, Portmith, Safe House (300)
Herbology
薬草学?
Knowledge of various herbs. Raises the restorative effects of Blueberries/
Blackberries by 3% per LV.
1 3 5 8 12 17 23 30 38 47
Recipe
レシピ?
Knowledge of how to make food. Boosts the effects of eating a favorite dish.
:

LV0: 60% HP/MP
Lv1~4: 100% HP, 60% MP
Lv5~9: 100% HP/MP
Lv10: 100% HP/MP, ailments healed

1 2 3 4 5 7 9 11 14 17
Music Knowledge
オタマジャクシ?
A general knowledge of music. Raises AGL by 1 per LV. 2 4 8 11 13 17 20 22 26 29 Autanim, Tatroi, Astral City, Tropp, Eckdart, Safe House (1500)
Item Knowledge
道具知識?
Knowledge of various items. Raises sell prices by 3% per LV.*(Only character with highest level is accounted for) 1 3 6 9 15 21 24 27 30 33
Biology
生物学?
Knowledge of all living creatures. Raises HP by LV2 x 10. 6 16 28 40 50 60 75 80 85 90
Mental Science
精神学?
Knowledge of the mind and supernatural powers. Raises MP by 5 per LV. 4 8 14 20 26 32 52 62 82 90 Ionis, Van City, Silvalant City, Safe House (2700)
Faeriology
妖精論?
Knowledge of faeries and the source of life. Raises INT by 2 per LV. 3 5 7 11 13 15 19 23 27 31
Piety
ピエティ?
Knowledge of the gods. Raises a random ability value. 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 40 60 80

Sense skills

Sense skills (感覚スキル, Kankaku Sukiru?) must be acquired in order to obtain specialties.

Name Details Required SP Acquire
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Aesthetics
美的感覚?
The ability to find pleasure in studying objects of beauty. 8 9 10 11 12 24 38 52 66 70 Haute, Safe House (400)
Resilience
忍耐?
The will to withstand pain and suffering. Raises CON by 2 per LV. 2 4 7 11 16 22 29 37 46 56
Keen Eye
目利き?
A keen eye for good ingredients. Raises the restorative effects of cooked dishes.*(+1% per skill level) 1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19
Courage
度胸?
Courage can help one keep one's nerves, even in front of a crowd. 1 2 4 5 7 12 18 24 30 40
Determination
根性?
The will to meet all challenges. Lowers SP needed for each skill.*(requirement -2 per this skill level; cannot drop requirements lower than 1) 8 16 24 32 40 48 56 64 72 80 Portmith, Autanim, Tatroi, Astral City, Tropp, Safe House (1600)
Danger Radar
危険感知?
The ability to detect immediate danger. Raises STM by 3 per LV. 2 3 5 7 10 13 17 21 26 40
Purity
遊び心?
A mind that is open to the whims of the Gods of Creation.
:

Lv1: 100 Fol
Lv2 700 Fol
Lv3: 1,900 Fol
Lv4: 3,700 Fol
Lv5: 6,100 Fol
Lv6: 9,100 Fol
Lv7: 12,700 Fol
Lv8: 16,900 Fol
Lv9: 21,700 Fol
Lv10: 27,100 Fol

17 19 21 23 25 30 40 50 60 80
Poker Face
ポーカーフェイス?
The ability to act cool under any circumstances. Raises GUTS by 3 per LV. 5 8 11 14 17 20 24 28 32 36
Effort
努力?
The will to push one's self towards one's goals. Lowers EXP needed to level up. 16 24 32 40 48 56 64 72 80 88 Eckdart, Ionis, Van City, Silvalant City, Safe House (2700)
ESP
電波?
The ability to receive messages from an otherworldly presence. Could they be signs?
:

Aquaberries x5, Blackberries x5, Blueberries x5, Foot Insignia, Froghead, Hammer Charm, Mithril, Moonstone, Orichalcum, Ring of Healing, Ring of Mental Power, Spectacles, Stardust Ring, Stone Cure

15 18 21 24 27 30 40 50 60 80
Aesthetic Design
機能美?
Balancing beauty and might. Raises STR, INT, AGL and DEX by 6 per LV. 24 30 36 42 48 60 65 70 75 80

Technical skills

Technical skills (技術スキル, Gijutsu Sukiru?) are mainly used in the Item Creation process.

Name Details Required SP Acquire
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sketching
デッサン?
The ability to exactly replicate the shape of an object on paper. 4 6 8 10 12 15 18 21 24 27 Haute, Portmith, Autanim, Safe House (400)
Knife
包丁?
The ability to cut with a knife required by all aspiring chefs. Raises STR by 10 per LV. 8 12 18 20 32 40 50 55 65 90
Whistling
口笛?
The ability to put your fingers in your mouth and blow hard to produce a piercing sound. 2 4 6 8 10 14 18 22 26 30
Imitation
コピー?
The ability to correctly grasp the details of an object and make them your own. 6 12 18 26 34 42 48 54 60 80
Eye for Detail
クラフト?
The ability to do detailed work with your hands. Raises AGL by 1 per LV. 2 4 7 11 16 22 29 37 46 56 Tatroi, Astral City, Tropp, Safe House (1600)
Penmanship
文筆?
Intellectual manual labor needed for creating written works. Raises DEX by 1 per LV. 7 11 16 21 25 26 27 28 29 30
Animal Training
調教?
The ability to train an animal to do specific tasks. 2 3 4 6 8 10 13 16 19 22
Machinery
機械知識?
Knowledge of machines. 2 4 6 8 10 13 16 19 22 25
Performance
演奏?
The ability to play instruments. Raises AGL by 1 per LV. 2 4 8 11 13 17 20 22 26 29 Eckdart, Ionis, Van City, Silvalant City, Safe House (3600)
Smithing
キャスト?
The ability to forge metals. Raises DEX by 2 per LV. 4 6 8 10 12 16 20 24 32 40
Technology
科学技術?
The ability to distill liquids and use lab equipment. Raises STR by 10 per LV. 16 20 24 28 32 48 56 64 72 80
Operation
機械操作?
The ability to use machines properly. 3 6 9 12 14 16 18 20 22 24

Combat skills

Combat skills (戦闘スキル, Sentō Sukiru?) can be used in battle. Even after learning, the player can turn off the skills they do not want to use with the Square button. Most of these skills are randomly activated during battle, and their odds improve with skill level. They have an increased effect of 5% per skill level.

Name Details Required SP Acquire
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Guardbreak
急所狙い?
Randomly ignores an enemy's defense when attacking. 4 8 12 16 20 32 46 58 70 80 Haute, Portmith, Autanim, Safe House (400)
Power Burst
練気?
Randomly boosts attack power*(by 25%). 22 24 32 34 46 48 60 70 80 90
Qigong
気功?
Randomly boosts defense. 4 7 14 21 28 35 42 49 56 63
Trance
トランス?
Randomly increases spell damage. 6 12 18 24 34 44 54 64 74 90
Godspeed
はやて?
Increases movement speed with each level. Randomly teleports character into attack position. 5 7 9 11 13 33 43 53 63 80 Tatroi, Astral City, Tropp, Eckdart, Ionis, Safe House (1600)
Sidestep
受け流し?
Randomly evades enemy attacks. 12 22 32 42 62 80 82 85 90 95
Body Control
身体感覚?
Reduces daze time. 5 7 9 11 13 17 21 25 30 35
Recast
リキャスト?
Cuts waiting time between spells. 8 15 22 29 36 43 50 57 64 71
Feint
フェイント?
Randomly guarantees attack to land, regardless of hit accuracy. 12 22 32 42 62 80 82 85 90 95 Van City, Silvalant City, Safe House (4500)
Counter
カウンター?
Trigger a counterattack when X button pressed while blocking. 5 10 15 20 30 35 40 50 60 80
Hasten Speech
早口?
Cuts casting time for spells. 40 50 50 60 60 70 80 90 90 99
Concentration
集中?
Randomly prevents incantation to be interrupted by enemy attacks. 10 15 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
Backstab
めくり?
Randomly teleports character behind enemy's back. -- 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 Cave of the Seven Stars B6

SFT skills

Secret Fighting Techniques (奥義スキル, Ōgi Sukiru?, lit. Mystery Skill), abbreviated SFT, are a special set of skills that enable characters to learn advanced Special Arts. They must be leveled using SP to improve their learning chance effect, but unlike the other sets, they all have the same SP requirements.

Name Character Required SP Acquire
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Omega SFT
七星奥義?
Roddick, Cyuss, Ashlay, Mavelle, T'nique, Welch -- 4 6 8 10 13 16 19 22 25 Victory in Tatroi Arena C Rank with appropiate character
Four Beasts SFT
四聖獣奥義?
Roddick, Ilia, Cyuss, Ashlay King of Van after completing Labyrinth of Champions
Wyrm King SFT
皇龍奥義?
Roddick, Ashlay Ashlay starts at Lv10, Roddick learns in PA103 with Ashlay
Divine Fury SFT
裏桜花奥義?
Ilia Old Race Ruins chest
Bagua SFT
八卦奥義?
Ilia, T'nique Muah Castle treasury chest
Gods of War SFT
武神奥義?
Phia Phia joins party in Astral Castle (not available on jailbreak route)
Feline SFT
ネコ奥義?
Pericci Muah Castle treasury chest

Specialty requirements

Learning skills is required to learn Specialities and Item Creation specialties.

Specialties
  • ESP, Piety, Purity → Oracle
  • Performance, Music Knowledge → Music
  • Effort, Determination, Resilience → Train
  • Danger Radar → Scouting
  • Whistling, Animal Training → Familiar
  • ... → Dash (Star Ocean)
  • Courage, Poker Face → Pickpocket (First Departure)
IC specialties
  • Sketching, Aesthetics → Art
  • Eye for Detail, Smithing, Aesthetic Design → Customization
  • Item Knowledge, Mineralogy, Herbology → Appraising
  • Mineralogy, Eye for Detail, Aesthetics → Crafting
  • Penmanship → Writing
  • Biology, Herbology, Mental Science → Compounding
  • Knife, Recipe, Keen Eye → Cooking
  • Technology, Mineralogy, Faeriology → Alchemy
  • Imitation → Replication
  • Machinery, Operation → Machinist
  • Herbology, Resilience → Survival

Trivia

  • In Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, there is a book in a house that has a list of every SFT from the original Star Ocean. These are direct translations that differ from the official names given later in the localization of Star Ocean: First Departure.


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