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This warrior exchanges life for power, using Darkness to disintegrate all who stand before him.

Description

Dark Knight is a job in Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. It has abilities that use darkness to drain their enemies' HP or MP, and can sacrifice their own HP to deal more damage. The job costs 6,900 JP to master.

The Dark Knight job is arduous to unlock, and is intended for late use. The unit will need to master Knight and Black Mage, as well get Dragoon, Samurai, and Ninja to Level 8. The unit also needs to kill 20 enemies.

In the original PlayStation version, "Dark Knight" was Gaffgarion's exclusive job, which has since been renamed to Fell Knight. While his two abilities, Shadowblade and Duskblade, appear identical to the Dark Knight's Sanguine Sword and Infernal Strike, Gaffgarion's variants are slightly more powerful.

Stats[]

Prerequisite Weapons Helmet Armor Equip Shields?
Master Knight
Master Black Mage
Level 8 Dragoon
Level 8 Samurai
Level 8 Ninja
Level 8 Geomancer
Hidden: Kill 20 enemies[note 1]
Swords, Fell Swords, Axes, Knight Swords, Flails Helmets Armor, Robes, Clothes Yes
  1. The unit must land the killing blow on twenty enemies, and they must die (their death counter must run out during battle, and the enemy must turn into a crystal or treasure chest). Each party member has its own hidden kill count.
Move Rate Jump Rate Speed Physical Evasion Rate Base Attack Base Magic Base HP Base MP
3 3 8 0% High Average Low Average

Abilities[]

Darkness[]

Dark knight job command. Cursed sword techniques cut down the foe.

Description

Units must be equipped with a sword to use these abilities.

Abyssal Blade and Unholy Sacrifice damage scales by Brave or Faith if the equipped sword uses Brave (Knight Swords) or Faith (Fell Swords):[1]

Name Range Effect Speed JP Needed
Sanguine Sword 3 1 Now 500
Absorb HP from the target.

Damage: PA x WP x 80%
Element: None

Infernal Strike 3 1 Now 500
Absorb MP from the target.

Damage (MP): PA x WP x 80%
Element: None

Crushing Blow 3 2 Now 300
Inflict damage with a sinister sword.

Damage: PA x (WP+2)
Element: Weapon
Effect: Stop (25%)

Abyssal Blade 3 (cone) 3v2 Now 1000
Sacrifice own HP to deal damage to others, with the nearest units suffering the most damage.

Damage:

  • Row 1: PA x BF x (WP+3)
  • Row 2: PA x BF x (WP+1)
  • Row 3: PA/2 x BF x WP

Element: Weapon
HP cost: 20% of max HP

Unholy Sacrifice 1 3 Now 1200
Sacrifice own HP to deal extensive damage to all units in range.

Damage: (PA x MA x BF) + (MaxHP/3)
Element: Dark
Effect: Slow
HP cost: 30% of max HP

Support abilities[]

Name Description JP Needed
HP Boost Increase maximum HP by 20 percent. 2000
Vehemence Increase attack power by 50 percent and decrease defensive power by 50 percent. 400

Movement abilities[]

Male units[]

Name Description JP Needed
Jump +3 Increase Jump by 3. 1000

Female units[]

Name Description JP Needed
Move +3 Increase Movement by 3. 1000

Overview[]

Dark Knight on the job menu.

The Dark Knight is the only "special Knight" job that can be unlocked by any unit, and is also the only standard job, other than the Knight, able to wield knight swords. It has access to an exclusive weapon type called Fell Swords, obtained in Melee and Rendezvous. The Dark Knight possess the highest attack power of any standard job; it is also the only job with 0% physical evasion.

The Dark Knight is a powerhouse who can easily kill enemies with a single use of an ability. Its Abyssal Blade and Unholy Sacrifice deal more damage depending on the user's own Max HP, which helmets/armor and support ability HP boosts can indirectly increase, while Sanguine Sword absorbs HP and has more to refill. Alternatively, equipping a female Dark Knight with Chantage perfume will make her indestructible by Reraise and Regen to offset HP costs, especially the support ability of Vehemence, which instantly trades Defense for 50% more Attack Power.

The Dark Knight is self-sufficient to the point other job abilities are not even necessary. The job could equip the Bard's Move+3 (or from themselves, if female) or even Time Mage's Teleport to quickly traverse the map. It can also equip Samurai's Shirahadori to circumvent the job's 0% evasion. Lastly, the Dark Knight can use Squire's Fundaments to use Focus, to further boost its damage, when it cannot reach its targets.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[]

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Dark Knight appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Earth-elemental Forward cards.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[]

Knights of the Crystals[]

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

Gallery[]

Etymology[]

A knight is a mounted soldier in armor who served his sovereign or lord in the Middle Ages. The word comes from Old English cniht ("boy" or "servant"), a cognate of the German word Knecht ("servant, bondsman, vassal"). In most European languages (with the notable exception of English), the word for "knight" comes from "horse", thus implying that a knight is a "noble horseman" or a "horse-mounted nobleman".

In European history, 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.

References[]

  1. (2013, December 26). "Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions – Guide and Walkthrough". From GameFAQs. Archived from the original on 21 September, 2021.
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