As the title suggest, I would like to know how to fully grow a Enemy Skill Materia: I managed to get some E.S. but not every fight brings me one. There's a strategy to get 'em all?

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E Skill learns new skills by being subject to those skills in battle. So it's a matter of fighting the proper enemies, not enough battles. It's also impossible until the end of the game, due to one being in the last dungeon. There are 3 "problem" E Skills, as it were, that cause some frustration. 2 because they can be lost forever and one that's fairly luck based.

  1. Chocobuckle, granted by level 16 Chocobos near the Chocobo Ranch. They'll only use the attack when low in health, and the only way to get them to it without them running away immediately is to use another Enemy Skill, Lv. 4 Suicide. Level 16 ones are the only ones that can be hit by the skill, anyway. However, it's never quite guaranteed that they'll use it, so it may take some time.
  2. Trine, used by the bosses Materia Keeper and Godo, as well as Stilva, an enemy in a dungeon that can only be visitted once. So once you have beaten both bosses and gotten past that dungeon, it becomes impossible to learn the skill. So make sure that when you fight the bosses, you wait long enough for the skill to be used.
  3. Pandora's Box, used by the Zombie Dragon enemy in the final dungeon. This one is interesting because in any save game, the skill can only be used once. So you need to make sure you have every Enemy Skill materia equipped at this point, because if you run into a Zombie Dragon and it uses Pandora's Box and you don't have it, you've just lost it forever.

Past those, the rest tend to be a simple matter of fighting the right enemies and waiting for the right attacks. There are some buff spells which will need you to use the Manipulate materia on the enemy, such as Dragon Force, Angel Whisper, and White Wind. If you see an enemy using one of these skills, then use Manipulate and force it on yourself if it's available. Past that, the rest is all a matter of getting your face beaten in.

General strategy is simple - always keep that Materia on at all times! Then you will not miss the one-times and you'll always catch it when the attack happens in normal scenarios, rather than having to hunt the skill down amidst all the rest of the late-game stuff you need to do.

  • I missed Trine a bit ago from Materia Keeper: I didn't use it, and I wasn't even expecting it... good to know about Chokobuckle: never heard about it before! Thanks for the advices!
    – dag729
    Jul 7, 2010 at 23:42
  • As an addendum, I recall possibly, I'm sure there was a skill which meant you could take over an enemies action. Meaning you could forcibly use the skill on your own team making acquisition much easier.
    – Neon1024
    Feb 1, 2012 at 12:56
  • @DavidYell That would be the Manipulate materia I mentioned. You don't get access to every skill an enemy can use, however, so while it is feasible for the offensive skills, most sources of the offensive skills don't have much of an issue.
    – Grace Note
    Feb 1, 2012 at 13:03
  • Ah sorry, yes, I'd obviously missed that bit :)
    – Neon1024
    Feb 1, 2012 at 14:17

You might be interested in knowing that there are four enemy skill materia available in the game. Their locations are, as listed on this wiki:

  1. In the sample tank in Professor Hojo's lab in the Shinra Headquarters after Red XIII joins the party.
  2. In the Respectable Inn in Junon.
  3. In one of the houses in the Forgotten Capital.
  4. Received from the Chocobo Sage's mountain chocobo.

If you want to max out all four materia, you need to have them equipped by a character who the enemy skill is being used on, so in the case of getting Trine on all enemy skill materia that don't have the skill, from Godo, after already beating Materia Keeper and Stilva, you have to have all those enemy skill materia equipped by Yuffie.

I always kicked myself over not getting Trine on the fourth enemy skill materia well after getting pretty much everything else in the game. My save file will be forever tainted.

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