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Dark Knights are warriors of the dark blade. Their Soul Eater ability allows them to convert their life into extra damage.
—In-game description
The bearer of this certificate has become infused with the world's negative energies and is deemed worthy of the title of Master Dark Knight.
—Mastery certificate description

The Dark Knight (まけんし, Makenshi?, lit. Demon Swordsman" or "Magic Swordsman) is a job class obtained from the Water Crystal in Final Fantasy III. They are trained to harness the negative energies that flow throughout the world. The dark blades they wield are effective against monsters that divide and multiply. In the original NES release, the Dark Knight could cast White Magic similar to a Paladin.

Abilities

NES version

White Magic Level
Cure 1
Poisona 1
Sight 1
Toad 2
Mini 2
Cura 3
Teleport 3
Blindna 3

3D versions

The Dark Knight sacrifices 20% its current HP to attack all enemies, which can be useful for defeating enemies who multiply, and is at full damage regardless of row. It can be used to dispatch multiple enemies at once, but will not as useful for bosses and later dungeons. Souleater's maximum damage exceeds 11,350.

Its damage is calculated using the following formula:

Damage Inflicted = Weapon Attack x 5 + JobLv x 10 + Current HP x 0.9

Stats

Level Str Agi Vit Int Mnd Level Str Agi Vit Int Mnd
NES version 3D versions
1 20 20 10 2 3 1 5 5 5 5 5
10 26 26 14 7 8 10 10 10 10 10 10
20 31 31 18 12 12 20 17 15 17 15 15
30 37 37 22 17 17 30 24 20 24 20 20
40 42 42 26 21 22 40 31 24 31 24 24
50 48 48 30 26 27 50 38 29 38 29 29
60 53 53 34 31 31 60 44 34 44 34 34
70 59 59 38 36 36 70 51 38 51 38 38
80 64 64 42 41 41 80 58 43 58 43 43
90 70 70 46 46 46 90 65 48 65 48 48
99 75 75 50 50 50 99 71 52 71 52 52

MP growth

Level Lv.1 Lv.2 Lv.3 Lv.4 Lv.5 Lv.6 Lv.7 Lv.8
NES version
1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
20 8 4 3 0 0 0 0 0
30 9 5 5 0 0 0 0 0
40 10 6 6 0 0 0 0 0
50 11 7 6 0 0 0 0 0
60 12 7 7 0 0 0 0 0
70 12 8 8 0 0 0 0 0
80 13 9 8 0 0 0 0 0
90 13 9 9 0 0 0 0 0
99 14 10 9 0 0 0 0 0

Equipment

In the Famicom version the Dark Knight had a much more limited equipment list, only being able to equip Dark Blades, Moonring Blade, Ragnarok, Ribbon, Demon equipment, Genji equipment, and Crystal equipment.

Weapons

Weapons
Daggers Swords Dark Blades
  • Knife
  • Dagger
  • Mythril Knife
  • Spark Dagger
  • Main Gauche
  • Poison Dagger
  • Golden Sword
  • Longsword
  • Mythril Sword
  • Tyfring
  • Salamand Sword
  • Freezing Blade
  • Serpent Sword
  • Royal Sword
  • Blood Sword
  • Ancient Sword
  • Defender
  • Break Blade
  • Ragnarok
  • Ultima Weapon
  • Ashura
  • Kotetsu
  • Kiku-ichimonji
  • Masamune
  • Murakumo

Armor

Armor
Shields Head Body Arms
  • Leather Shield
  • Mythril Shield
  • Ice Shield
  • Demon Shield
  • Genji Shield
  • Crystal Shield
  • Leather Cap
  • Mythril Helm
  • Shell Helm
  • Ice Helm
  • Feathered Hat
  • Ribbon
  • Genji Helm
  • Crystal Helm
  • Vest
  • Rusty Mail
  • Leather Armor
  • Mythril Armor
  • Shell Armor
  • Ice Armor
  • Flame Mail
  • Demon Mail
  • Genji Armor
  • Crystal Mail
  • Bronze Bracers
  • Mythril Gloves
  • Gauntlets
  • Power Bracers
  • Diamond Gloves
  • Protect Ring
  • Genji Gloves
  • Crystal Gloves

Other appearances

Final Fantasy Artniks

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FF3 Dark Knight N I Artniks

Ingus appears as a Rank N Dark Knight card. The Dark Knight appears as a character card.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game

FFTCG wiki icon Dark Knight appears with Ice-, Earth-, and Lightning-elemental cards. All four playable characters from the 3D remakes are represented.

Triple Triad

019a Dark Knight

Dark Knight from the 3D remake appears as a Triple Triad card in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Gallery

Etymology

Dark knights, also known as black knights, were a minority group of knights who refused to serve lords or kings. Instead they either looted and raided, hunted bounties, or lived off the charity from the more humble folk, in much the same manner as a Japanese ronin. As they had no master, and thus no squire, they would paint their armor a signature black color to prevent rust and damage. Dark knights were considered by many a necessary evil, as they would protect villages and lesser people from invaders and bandits, but would also cause problems in the regions they dwelt in to sustain themselves. In some legends, black knights were reputed to be nigh-invincible in combat.

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