Dark Arts is a level 10 Scholar ability in Final Fantasy XI. It grants access to Strategems that enhance Black Magic. It reduces MP costs and casting time for Black Magic spells by 10%, and increases MP costs and casting time for White Magic spells by 20%. It raises the skill cap for Elemental Magic, Enfeebling Magic, and Dark Magic from a D rating to a B+ rating. If Scholar is currently being used as a subjob, the skill increase is based on the main job's level, not the level of the Scholar subjob.
Light Arts and Dark Arts are mutually exclusive. Using one ability will erase the other's bonus if present.
- Scholar's Gown adds an additional 15 skill levels, effectively raising the skill cap for Elemental Magic, Enfeebling Magic, and Dark Magic to an A- while under the effects of Dark Arts.
- Scholar's Loafers and Argute Mortarboard further reduce Black Magic casting and recasting times by an additional 5% each. The two pieces' effects are cumulative if worn at the same time.