- Stat variation within grades of materia have been abolished.
- The number of materia grades has been increased to five.
- Catalysts have been consolidated into five grades of one type.
- Gear-type restrictions on materia have been abolished; it will be possible to meld them to accessories.
- Gear and any materia already affixed to said gear will no longer be lost as a result of a failed melding attempt.
- You will no longer need to unequip gear in order to attach materia to it.
- Materia have been consolidated into 24 varieties.
- Materia created will now be based on gear class rather than gear slot. For example, a cobalt cuirass worn by Disciples of War is more likely to create materia for a tanking class, whereas a felt robe worn by Disciples of Magic is more likely to create materia for a casting class.