KOs all enemies whose LEVELs are multiples of 5.
Final Fantasy IX description
Level 5 Death (レベル５デス, Reberu 5 Desu?), Lv.5 Death and L5 Doom, is a recurring Blue Magic spell in the Final Fantasy series. It instantly kills all enemies whose level is a multiple of 5 (ending in 5 or 0). One difficulty in obtaining this spell is that the learner must not die from the spell, which may pose problems for players who have an even-leveled party. Depending on the game, Level 5 Death may or may not bypass immunity to "death".
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Appearances[edit | edit source]
Hits targets with levels that are multiples of 5.
It costs 22 MP to cast. It can be learned if the character is a Blue Mage and is successfully hit by the spell, or is using the Learning ability. In the GBA and later versions, Level 5 Death cannot be obtained if the Blue Mage, who has taken the hit, finishes the battle without being revived; they must die to the spell (meaning they need to be a level that is a multiple of 5).
In the SNES, PS1, and GBA versions, Level 5 Death can be made to work on any enemy by using certain mixes, like Dragon Power, to raise its level until it hits the maximum of 255, which is a multiple of 5. This no longer works in the mobile and Steam versions.
Casts Death on enemies whose levels are divisible by 5.
Lv.5 Death (also called L5 Doom) is a Lore learned from the Apocrypha, Dark Force, Death Machine, Deathgaze, Daedalus, Dueller, Devil, and Trapper. Strago can also learn the spell if either Setzer or Gogo use Joker's Death through the Slot command. It costs 22 MP to cast, doesn't check for Stamina, and doesn't restore undead. It is unblockable.
List of vulnerable enemies:
L5 Death can be learned as an Enemy Skill from Parasite. The player must use Manipulate to learn it. The spell is learned as long as it hits a character with the Enemy Skill Materia, no matter if it succeeds or not. It costs 22 MP to cast and kills all targets with a level that is multiple of five.
Because the party can only learn L5 Death in the final dungeon, all but one of the viable targets for it are located in previous areas that are still visitable, or the Battle Square. As such, most of the vulnerable enemies are very weak and able to be killed with just about any attack instantly.
LV5 Death is Omega Weapon's opening attack. This is the only instance of the attack being used in that battle. The only other enemy to use this attack is the Torama. Quistis has a similar Blue Magic skill, Lv? Death.
LV5 Death is notable for being able to instantly wipe out a max level (100) party that has no Death resistance. Due to the ease of reaching level 100 with the level-scaled difficulty, this makes it a devastating attack late in the game.
Every random encounter inside Desert Palace is vulnerable to this move, making it especially useful for speedruns during this part where Flee is unavailable. LV5 Death is also useful for grinding Grand Dragons.
List of vulnerable enemies:
KO's units with levels divisible by 5.
LV 5 Death is an enemy ability used by Jawbreakers. It is usable through the Morpher job when one of the Jawbreakers with the ability is captured in the Monster Bank. It costs 24 MP to cast and is Dark-elemental.
The Deathgaze card can use the Level 5 Death ability. For the discard of a Deathgaze card, it Breaks all the opponent's Characters with costs of 5 or 10. The ability can only be used when Deathgaze is a Forward.