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Any item that restores an amount of Mana a character has, or restores uses of spells (in the case of Vancian Magic) and special attacks.

The amount can vary, from just a fraction of a Mana Meter or one use of a low level spell, to restoring all the magic points or restoring all uses of every level spell. If there is a range of these items, the lower level restoring ones will cost less and be more plentiful in Treasure Chests and Random Item Dropping (although in most games, healing items of the same level tend to be more common).

Obviously absent in cases when there is no Mana Meter and spells simply need material components to cast. In some settings, however, mana potions are specifically necessary as a component to cast spells, because reserves of mana have to be acquired rather than generated naturally.

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Unlike said healing potions which can be red or green, mana potions are nearly universally Color-Coded for Your Convenience in blue.

Also note that Trauma Inns, Healing Springs, and Healing Checkpoints often restore magic as well as health.

A Sub-Trope of Standard RPG Items.

A Sister Trope to Regenerating Mana, Healing Potion (restores the Life Meter), Panacea (heals disease and status).


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Delicious in Dungeon, Marcille drinks soup made from an undine (a type of water spirit) to restore her depleted mana.
  • When Fujimoto is trying to contain Ponyo inside a bubble, he says he needs more power and has to start drinking elixirs from several long-necked bottles before he can manage it.

    Literature 
  • Cradle Series: Elixirs are a standard way of regenerating madra. However, they typically work too slowly to be useful in combat. Therefore, they are either used to help you recover faster after a fight, or to help you improve your core. An elixir gives you more madra than you could typically hold, you cycle it through your body, and your core gets stretched a little. Doing it too much can be dangerous, and elixirs are expensive, but it's generally faster than cycling aura.
  • The Dresden Files introduced something that functioned somewhat like this in the second book in the series. It came with a major drawback: It doesn't actually restore Harry's reserves of magical power so much as suppress the symptoms of magical exhaustion... for a while, and he really pays for it when it wears off, which happens at an extremely bad time.
  • Fighting Fantasy adventures in a magic setting, where spells aren't Cast from Hit Points, will have the players relying on Magic Points, which depletes after casting spells and can be restored with appropriate magic potions or scrolls. Notably, in Legend of Zagor, the player can collect Magic Rings throughout the adventure, each ring which restores 1 Magic Point (and is then discarded because they can be used only once) while players who chose the role of Sallazar the Wizard can obtain a powerful wand that restores their Magic to maximum level at certain points.
  • A Mage's Power: If a mage needs a boost in a hurry, they can down a bottle of Mana Juice! Available at your local convenience store
  • In Moonshine by Jasmine Gower, there's actually a contraband concotion called Mana. In this novel, mages are feared despite the vast majority of their power being Cast from Stamina and extremely tiring. Mana is a blue liquid made from a volcanic crystal and it's a strong Power Source, however its energizing property is highly addictive to anyone who's already at full energy reserves. So non-mages are easily addicted as they can't cast magic to reduce their own energy.
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  • Present in Artix Entertainment's AdventureQuest, DragonFable, and AdventureQuest Worlds. Of course, this being Artix Entertainment, it's frequently Lampshaded and Played for Laughs.
  • Bayonetta has the Purple Magic lollipops. The normal version replenishes 4 magic orbs, while the Mega Purple Magic lollipops restore 8 magic orbs (enough to automatically use a Torture Attack or an Umbran Climax in the sequel).
  • In first two BioShock games, this purpose is served by the EVE Hypos - though they're injectable, not drinkable. Consuming certain drinks or smoking will also restore small amounts of mana at the expense of health (although a certain Gene Tonic allows alcoholic drinks to restore EVE too). BioShock Infinite has Salts, though the name makes it unclear whether it's an inhalable or edible affair.
  • Breath of Fire III: Equipping an item that reduces AP cost and using transfer on yourself actually heals your AP. There are fish and Wisdom Seeds and Wisdom Fruits that serve the same purpose.
  • The "Mana Prism", in some Castlevania games, restores all magic.
  • In Crystalis, the Fruit of Power restores some MP, the Magic Ring restores all of it, and Deo's Pendant gradually restores MP if equipped and the player stands still.
  • Diablo:
    • Mana Potions restored your character's mana.
    • Magical weapons could have a special ability that restored your mana when they hit an opponent.
  • In the Disgaea games, drinkable consumables, ranging from opened soda to BBQ sauce, restore SP. There's also actual Mana Potions, but they function more like Rare Candy, since Mana in those games are used for character improvements.
  • Piero's Spiritual Remedy in Dishonored. Both this and its health potion counterpart are used by the population to protect against the plague that has stuck the game setting.
  • Divinity: Original Sin II: Source Orbs can be consumed by a character to restore a point of Source, which fuels their most powerful skills. Outside this restriction, skills function independently on a Cooldown system.
  • During the Fade sections in the Dragon Age series, you often encounter lyrium outcroppings that instantly restore your mana to full. The game also has lyrium potions of various qualities that you can loot or craft the do the same. (Thankfully, although the lore of the game states that lyrium in any form is highly addictive to anyone except dwarves, this does not apply to you in gameplay!)
  • The Dragon Quest series has vials of magic water that restore different amounts of MP. They're usually very rare and aren't sold in stores, often making them Too Awesome to Use. There's also the Prayer Ring, an equippable accessory that can be used as an item to recover MP. It can be used multiple times, but each use has a chance of randomly destroying it.
  • Dubloon features alcohol beverages as items replenishing your alcohol points needed to cast magic.
  • Dungeons & Dragons Online has the rather expensive Potions of Mnemonic Enhancement, which restore your Spell Points.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
  • Peter Jacob of Eternal Darkness can find a Magickal Elixir which completely restores his Mana Meter, with five doses available to him. Very useful, since his chapter concludes with a Wizard Duel.
  • The Final Fantasy games restore magic with the item "Ether", and the more powerful "X-Ether," or "Turbo Ether" in latter installments. Some games have other variants as well.
  • In Fortune Summoners, 'magic candy' refills your MP.
  • In Gobli's Adventure, the sample game that came with the Playstation version of RPG Maker, Blue Berries serve this role to Red Berries' Healing Potion.
  • In some Kingdom Hearts, games, enemies can drop balls that restore MP. That is in addition to the Ether potions crossed over from the Final Fantasy series. In games that don't have MP, but still have some form of ability meter, Ether is instead used to heal that.
  • In The Legend of Zelda games that use magic, a green potion restores magic, and a blue potion restores life and magic. Enemies also drop bottle-shaped items that restore magic.
    • In Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, enemies would drop a blue bottle that restores some magic, and a red bottle that restores all of it. Some red potions were in fixed locations, such as statues that needed to be slashed to drop them.
  • The MP Candies are Miitopia's take on this trope, being the basic Magic-replenishing items. There are also MP sprinkles, which the player themselves can shower Mii with for the same effect.
  • Nox had regular mana potions but also "mana stones": stationary glowing pillars that quickly restored your mana if you stood nearby. Particularly when playing as wizard, controlling large conglomerations of mana stones was essential to winning long battles.
  • In Ōkami and the sequel, ink pots refill your ink, which function like a Mana Meter.
  • Parasite Eve 2 has various types of items that recovers MP. Bottled mineral water restores a good chunk of your MP, cans of Coco-Cola restores 20 HP and 80 MP, using a Lipstick fully restores MP and boosts its max value by 1, and Ringer's Solutions restores your MP and HP to full.
  • In some Phantasy Star games, Fluids restore MP.
  • In Pokémon games, you can find various kinds of Ethers and Elixirs in item balls. Ethers restore part of a move's PP, while Max Ethers restore all of it. Elixirs and Max Elixirs restore some and all PP to all moves, respectively. Especially handy for the Elite Four, and you can't buy them in the shops. Most games since the third let you grow Leppa berries, which do the same thing, making Ethers rather obsolete.
  • Radiant Historia has the Herbal/Special/Superior Tea, as well as the Celestial Tea/Oil/Dew (arranged by tier).
  • Blue Potions and Blue Herbs, along with a few fruits, serve this purpose in Ragnarok Online. Like the Healing Potions, they can be crafted by all. The Alchemist class is also able to chuck them at allies.
  • Mana Leaves/Seeds/Roots/Extracts from the Shadow Hearts trilogy.
  • Shin Megami Tensei:
    • Most games have "Chakra Drops" and "Chakra Pots" that restore a small amount of or all SP, respectively. In many games, they are surprisingly common random drops from random encounters.
    • In Persona 5, the Hero lives at a café and can borrow the owner's coffee-making equipment. The resulting cup of coffee is the easiest-to-get SP-restoring item for most of the game, but making coffee takes up precious time in your schedule (it does advance Sojiro's Social Link, though).
  • Blue vials and jars in Shovel Knight restore respectively 5 MP and 30 MP. In the Plague of Shadows scenario, potions simply charge up Plague Knight's power bar faster.
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth: Since the New Kid's magic is performed through farts, Mana Potion takes the form of different foods (such as apple juice, cauliflower, burrito, and ham) that he can eat to refill his Mana bar. However, consuming too much potion will overflow the bar and just make the New Kid crap himself.
  • Blackberries are the most common example of this in the Star Ocean series, but various other potions and food and drink also serve this role.
  • Super Mario Bros.: In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, and the subsequent Mario RPG games, Syrups restore flower/Bros. points, which are used to perform special attacks.
  • Terraria has four different levels of Mana Potion, each restoring increasing amounts of Mana. While you can guzzle them all day (and automatically so with the Mana Flower), drinking one imposes the Mana Sickness debuff, temporarily reducing your magic damage output.
  • The Trails Series has the EP Charge items, which usually come in three tiers.
  • Present in multiple sizes in Warcraft 3, along with various other restorative items.
  • In Wild ARMs, a Magic Carrot restores MP (later games had you build up magic).
  • Wizardry has Magicfood effect — in VII, it's Golden Apples (1), Moser's Mojo Tea (2), Bottle of Old Jake's (4), Mana Stone (6), Milk of Magmanasia (6) and Stave of 12 Stars (level 6, x12 charges).
  • The Wolf and the Waves: Blue mushrooms will fully refill your Curse meter, letting you instantly shapeshift into a wolf.


 
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