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Call upon evil forces to perform Dark Arts.


Dark Arts is the Necromancer job's ability in the Advance and the now defunct iOS/Android/Steam versions of Final Fantasy V.


Dark Arts is innate to the Necromancer job. After leveling up the Necromancer job, a character can have the Dark Arts ability equipped on any other job and use any Dark Arts spell whose associated level has been attained by the Necromancer. To be able to use all Dark Arts spells as a non-Necromancer, a character must level their Necromancer job up to level 6. Dark Arts is the job's innate command, Necromancer being able to use all available spells without the need to attain a spell's associated level first.

The Dark Arts ability requires 30 AP for level 1, 45 for level 2, 60 for level 3, 100 for level 4 and 200 for level 5.


Dark Arts is more powerful than the Black Magic and Summon skillsets, and can be further boosted due to the equipment choices the Necromancer has (rods for fire, ice, lightning, and poison, and Air Knife for wind). The Necromancer is similar to the Blue Mage, in that to learn any Dark Arts, they have to learn it from opponents; the Necromancer must deal the finishing blow to a specific enemy to learn a Dark Art spell. Dark Arts is disabled if the user is silenced.

The Dark Arts are divided into five levels with increasing MP cost. These abilities are among the most devastating in the game, since they deal respectable damage, often with an elemental affinity and an added status effect.

List of Dark Arts[]

Ability Effect Learned from Lv.(Level) MP(MP cost) Pwr.(Spell power) Image
Drain Touch Absorbs HP, non-reflectable Mindflayer, The Damned 1 15 80 FFV iOS Drain Touch.png
Dark Haze Deals non-elemental damage to all enemies, inflicts Old and Confuse Lemure, Exoray 1 18 190 FFV iOS Dark Haze.png
Deep Freeze Deals Ice-elemental damage to one enemy, inflicts Stop Assassin, Dark Elemental 2 38 190 FFV iOS Deep Freeze.png
Evil Mist Deals Poison-elemental damage and inflicts Poison to all enemies Zombie Dragon, Unknown 2 38 190 FFV iOS Evil Mist.png
Meltdown Deals Fire-elemental damage and inflicts Sap on all enemies with a searing heat Liquid Flame, Claret Dragon 3 38 190 FFV iOS Meltdown.png
Hellwind Attacks all enemies with cursed winds, dealing Wind-elemental damage and inflicting Petrify Objet d'Art, Stingray 3 38 190 FFV iOS Hellwind.png
Chaos Drive Deals Lightning-elemental damage and causes Paralysis to all enemies Mini Satana 4 38 190 FFV iOS Chaos Drive.png
Curse Causes various status ailments Ironclad 4 42 0 FFV iOS Curse.png
Dark Flare Damages all enemies with a burst of dark energy. Ignores targets' magic defenses. Exdeath's Soul, Tonberry 5 52 200 FFV iOS Dark Flare.png
Doomsday Forbidden Dark Art, deals incredible damage to all enemies. Non-reflectable Hades 5 66 254 FFV iOS Doomsday.png



Dark arts may refer to black magic or maleficium.