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The archmages practice the forbidden arcane arts.


Arcanist is a job in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift for the nu mou.


Arcanist specializes in destructive Arcane Magick with abilities learned from rods. Arcanists have a large base MP pool, useful for their advanced spell portfolios. Their other stats are low, so it might not be a good idea to level up as one. They have very low HP and low Evasion, though with the Drain and Halve MP abilities, an Arcanist can heal with every attack and essentially never die, unless hit by a Death effect or a very powerful attack.

Perhaps the most obvious tactic would be giving all units, or just the Arcanist, equipment that nullifies or absorbs Darkness, making the Arcanist function like a Scholar. The Arcanist can then heal himself and his allies with the skill Lv. ? Shadow Flare.

Notable Arcanists include Duke Snakeheart, a boss of Duelhorn, and Madreth, clan leader of Nu Mou Nobles.


Arcane Magick[]

Fire, ice, and lightning have no place among the magicks of the ARCANIST.

Skill Equipment Range AP MP
Syphon Terre Rod 4 300 12
Syphon MP from the target, converting it to HP for the user.
Death Heretic Rod 3 450 16
Sever the target's life thread to KO the target.
Gravity Force Rod 3 250 12
Create a small gravity well around the target. Reduces HP by 25%.
Drain Sleet Rod 4 300 12
Steal the target's vitality. Transfers HP from the target to the user.
Graviga Stardust Rod 3 450 22
Create a large gravity well around the target. Reduces HP by 50%.
Lv. 3 Dark Flame Rod All possible units 450 8
Deal dark damage to each unit whose level is a multiple of 3.
Lv. 5 Haste Lilith Rod All possible units 450 8
Grant HASTE to each unit whose level is a multiple of 5.
Lv. ? Shadow Flare Bomb Arm All possible units 450 20
Cast Shadowflare on all units who share the first digit of the caster's level. Deals dark damage.


Skill Equipment Effect AP
MP Shield Mirage Vest Damage taken depletes MP rather than HP. Has no effect when the user has no MP. 450


Skill Equipment Effect AP
Pierce Red Robe Spells cast by the user are unaffected by Reflect. 200

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Arcanist appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Ice-elemental Backup cards.