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An expert in the use of items to recover HP or remove vexing status ailments.


Chemist is a job from Final Fantasy Tactics. It is the basic job where all mage classes start, as opposed to Squire that is the basic job of warrior classes. Chemist is the only job that can initially use items, and can even throw them over great distances. Chemist has two important passive abilities to learn: one for safeguarding equipment from being destroyed or stolen, and another for finding hidden treasure.

Once the player's party has arrived at Goug Machine City in Chapter 2, they can buy guns for Chemists to enhance their offensive capability. The job costs 5,140 JP to master. The Chemist is the only job class with an ability that costs 0 JP to learn, besides special jobs that have abilities already learned.

Leveling Chemist to level 2 unlocks White Mage and Black Mage, leveling it to level 6 with Squire unlocks Onion Knight (War of the Lions), and leveling this job to level 8 along with separate level requirements for Orator, Summoner, Geomancer, Squire, and Dragoon unlocks Mime.

Aerith is listed as being a Chemist in the game's data, despite never participating in battle. She even wears a similar headdress of the female Chemist. Both the male and female Chemist sprite models also appear as cameos in the backdrops of several cutscenes in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.


Prerequisite Weapons Helmet Armor Equip Shields?
None Knives, Guns Hats Clothes No
Move Rate Jump Rate Speed Physical Evasion Rate Base Attack Base Magic Base HP Base MP
3 3 8 5% Low Average Low Average


Innate abilities[]

  • Throw Items


Chemist job command. Enables the use of items to assist allies in need.


All HP/MP recovering is based on the item's Power. All Items have a 100% hit rate.

Name Range Effect Speed JP Needed
Potion 4 1 Now 30
Use a potion to restore HP or inflict damage on the undead.
Restores: 30 HP.
Hi-Potion 4 1 Now 200
Use a Hi-Potion to restore HP. A more potent draught than a Potion.
Restores: 70 HP.
X-Potion 4 1 Now 300
Use an X-Potion to restore HP. A more potent draught than a Hi-Potion.
Restores: 150 HP.
Ether 4 1 Now 300
Use an ether to restore MP.
Restores: 20 MP.
Hi-Ether 4 1 Now 400
Use a Hi-Ether to restore MP. A more potent draught than an Ether.
Restores: 50 MP.
Elixir 4 1 Now 900
Use an elixir to fully restore HP and MP.
Antidote 4 1 Now 70
Use an antidote to nullify poison.
Removes: Poison.
Eye Drops
(Eye Drop)
4 1 Now 80
Use eye drops when vision has been magickally compromised.
Removes: Blind.
Echo Herbs
(Echo Grass)
4 1 Now 120
Use echo herbs to restore a unit's power of speech, permitting them to cast magicks once again.
Removes: Silence.
Maiden's Kiss 4 1 Now 200
Use a maiden's kiss to change a unit that has been transformed into a toad back to its original form.
Removes: Toad.
Gold Needle
4 1 Now 250
Use a gold needle to change a petrified unit back to normal. Breaks after one use.
Removes: Stone.
Holy Water 4 1 Now 400
Use holy water to lift the curse of undeath from a unit.
Removes: Undead, Vampire.
Remedy 4 1 Now 700
Use a remedy to cure various status effects.
Removes: Poison, Blind, Silence, Toad, Stone, Confuse, Oil, Sleep.
Phoenix Down 4 1 Now 90
Use phoenix down to restore life to a fallen unit. Vanishes after one use.
Removes: KO.

Reaction abilities[]

Name Description Trigger JP Needed
Auto Potion Use a Potion to restore HP. HP Loss 400

Support abilities[]

Name Description JP Needed
Throw Items
(Throw Item)
Throw items within an increased radius, even if not a Chemist. 350
Prevent equipment from being destroyed or stolen. 250
(Equip Change)
Change equipment mid-battle. Adds the Reequip command. 0

Movement abilities[]

Name Description JP Needed
Treasure Hunter
(Move-Find Item)
Discover items hidden on tiles upon moving to them. 100


Throw Items.

The Chemist and the Squire are the foundation for the rest of the job system, Chemist being the magick-wielding counterpart. It is a support-oriented job focused on using items, and can be considered the early-game healer thanks to their ability to innately throw items on their allies; an ability that can be learned and equipped by other jobs. The Chemist is the first job available capable of wielding guns, although those can't be acquired until the player meets Mustadio in Chapter 2.

The Chemist's Items job command is the only way other classes can use items, and each individual item must be learned with JP. Their Auto-Potion ability is invaluable in the early and mid-game, providing emergency healing as long the player has potions in their inventory. Safeguard is essential when fighting Knights and later Divine Knights whose abilities can permanently destroy equipment. Reequip provides a niche for adjusting equipment, which can be useful in some battles, and it is the only ability that requires no JP to purchase.

Treasure Hunter.

One of the most important abilities the Chemist can learn is Treasure Hunter. All maps have at least one hidden treasure on one of its tiles, and some story battles can reward unique or rare equipment. Treasure Hunter is key when venturing through the Midlight's Deep secret dungeon is Chapter 4, as all its maps contain hidden unique and legendary equipment that cannot be found elsewhere. The chance of finding rare items is directly related to the unit's Bravery; the lower it is, the higher are the chances.

In terms of combat viability as a main job, the Chemist's low stats and poor mobility mean it will be at risk when engaging directly. Since the job is limited to using knives until halfway through Chapter 2 when guns become available, the Chemist should avoid combat. Its low magick stat also means the Chemist is not an effective spellcaster, as even buffers—such as the Time Mage—depend on the magick stat for successfully buffing their allies with abilities such as Haste or Reflect. Chemists can, however, become a force to be reckoned with if the player acquires the rare elemental guns, as guns' power does not depend on the wielder's stats other than Faith.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Chemist appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as multiple Ice-elemental backup cards.

Triple Triad[]

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A male Chemist appears on a Triple Triad card in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[]

Knights of the Crystals[]

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Chemist appears as a card in the Ivalice Special Arena has a limited-time special arena with eighteen floors.



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.