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I was grinding rages and APs in the Veldt when this happened:

Gau has a green feather where his "job description" should be.

I gave him a remedy, but the game didn't want any of it. Remedies are supposed to cure all but Zombie and KO, so I tried some Holy Water next - to no avail. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Phoenix Down also can't be used on Gau.

What's going on?

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The green feather indicates "Float" status.

The reason that your Remedy didn't cure it is because it's considered a positive status by the game, not a negative one. The primary thing that Float status does is make Earth-elemental spells miss.

Per the wiki, the list of abilities that Float will protect against is:

  • Quake
  • Midgardsormr
  • Wombat
  • Boar Brigade
  • Chocobo Stampede
  • Magnitude 8
  • Land Slide
  • Interceptor's Takedown
  • Interceptor's Wild Fang
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I guess I got that for free after using a Satellite rage. – badp Apr 3 '14 at 20:54

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