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Apothecaries who can mix powerful brews, and gain twice the benefit when drinking potions and ethers.


The Chemist is a job in Final Fantasy V obtained after the Earth Crystal shatters. It is among the best self-buffing jobs, but suffers due to poor weapon equipment choices, making them not suited for physical combat. The Chemist's main focus is their Mix command, which allows them to use up two items for a wide variety of attacks, ranging from offensive and defensive up to and including unique abilities that can only be done via Mix. Given the proper tools, the Chemist can become the party's sole support character.

Mastering Chemist on the whole party in the mobile and Steam versions earns the player the achievement "Trial and Error".


Chemists wear yellow robes, yellow hats with a green star on them, and green scarves. The inspiration for the clothes may be based upon the roots in the Middle Eastern area's history. The clothing seems to be inspired in the traditional Arabic clothes, due to the great development of sciences such as alchemy in Medieval Islam, the hats being reminiscent of turbans. The star emblem on the Chemists' hats can refer to the numerous alchemical star symbols, some of which portray the chemical elements. Lenna's outfit in all versions, as well as Krile's in the mobile/Steam version, have orange robes instead.


Where to obtain

Drink lets the Chemist consume one of the following potions:

  • Giant Drink
  • Hard Body
  • Hero Drink
  • Power Drink[note 1]
  • Speed Drink

Drink command in the GBA version, though the Power Drink is bugged here and does not work.

The potion will give it a stat boost. The Chemist is not a high damage-dealing job, so the Drink ability can be put to good use by classes like Knight or Gladiator. Pharmacology doubles the effect of all curative items when used by the Chemist.

Recover cures Darkness, Mini, Toad, Silence, Confuse, Paralysis, Old, and Sleep, but not Petrify. Revive restores 6.25% of all KO'd allies' max HP.

Upon mastery, Freelancers and Mimes gain the Chemist's base Strength, Agility and Stamina unless they already have a higher base from another mastered job. They also gain Pharmacology as an innate support ability.

The stat modifiers for Chemists are:

  • Strength: +2
  • Agility: +3
  • Stamina: +6
  • Magic: -4

Level-up abilities[]

Drink is the job's innate command ability, but leveling the job up allows the character to also use it in other jobs. Pharmacology is always in effect as a support ability when the character is a Chemist, but learning it allows the player to equip it on other jobs as well.

Level 1 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Pharmacology
Advance Name Pharmacology
Anthology Name Medicine
AP Required 15
Type Support
Innate Y
Description Use knowledge of medicines to double the potency of potions and ethers.
Information If a potion heals for 50 HP, for example, it now heals for 100 HP.
Level 2 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Mix
Advance Name Mix
Anthology Name Mix
AP Required 30
Type Command
Innate N
Description Combine items to create concoctions that can be consumed in battle to augment stats or harm enemies.
Information Lets any job use the Mix command.
Level 3 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Drink
Advance Name Drink
Anthology Name Drink
AP Required 45
Type Command
Innate Y
Description Drink special medicines to increase stats during battle.
Information Lets any job use the Drink command.
Level 4 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Recover
Advance Name Recover
Anthology Name Recvr
AP Required 135
Type Command
Innate N
Description Recover from various conditions.
Information Lets any job use the Recover command. Casts Esuna on the entire party with no MP consumption.
Level 5 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Revive
Advance Name Revive
Anthology Name Rvive
AP Required 405
Type Command
Innate N
Description Restore a KO'd ally to fighting form.
Information Lets any job use the Revive command. Casts Raise on the entire party with no MP consumption.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Artniks[]

The Chemist appears as a character card.



A chemist is a scientist trained in the study of chemistry. Chemists study the composition of matter and its properties. The Japanese term kusuri-shi is literally "drug practitioner/technician", close to the common British English use of "chemist" to mean a compounding pharmacist.


  1. This drink is bugged and does not work as intended in most versions; see Power Drink bug