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Dark wizards who are masters of the undead, and have no fear of the Dark Arts.

Description

The Necromancer is a job in the Game Boy Advance, mobile and Steam versions of Final Fantasy V, found in the Sealed Temple after defeating Enuo.

The Necromancer has the potential to be a highly powerful job due to its inherent equipment options and abilities. Necromancers have Magic Power equal to that of a Black Mage and Stamina equal to that of a Knight.

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 the Necromancer has to learn it from enemies; the Necromancer must deal the finishing blow to a specific enemy to learn a Dark Arts spell.

The downside of the Necromancer is their inherent undead status, making healing them a chore. Various methods can be used to bypass this, such as White Wind or the Necromancer's Drain Touch spell. Unlike the inherent undead status of the Bone Mail, Necromancers can be revived once they are KO'd. Necromancers cannot equip Bone Mail or Thornlet because their innate undead status would negate those items' drawbacks.

Mastering Necromancer for all four characters in the mobile and Steam versions earns the player the achievement "Undead Freak".

Profile[]

Bartz, Faris and Krile dress in pinkish violet robes, whereas Lenna wears a black battlekini with a cape. All costumes incorporate a skull design: Bartz wears a skull mask, while Lenna and Krile's headdresses have it. Faris's headdress resembles The Emperor's hair from Final Fantasy II. In the mobile and Steam version, Bartz no longer wears a skull mask and has a skull placed the same way as Lenna and Krile have theirs.

Abilities[]

The Undead innate support ability means that a Necromancer will be hurt by healing spells and items in battle but spells like Death will fully replenish their HP. Outside of battle they can be healed normally. Like the Berserker's Berserk ability, the Freelancer and Mime jobs are not affected by it once this class has been mastered. Undead reverses all draining spells except Drain Touch, and most healing spells and items will deal damage instead. Any item or spell that would revive sets the Undead user's HP to single digits. Characters with the Undead ability set that are KO'd may be revived normally, as opposed to the Bone Mail's innate Undead ability.

Any job equipped with Dark Arts Level 1 will gain their character's base Freelancer Magic +13 if their default stat is lower. For each additional Dark Arts level up to level 5, the Magic bonus is increased by 4 per level, for a maximum of +29 Magic at Dark Arts Level 5.

Thus, the base Magic stat for a character with Dark Arts equipped is as follows:

  • Dark Arts Level 1 = Base Freelancer Magic +13
  • Dark Arts Level 2 = Base Freelancer Magic +17
  • Dark Arts Level 3 = Base Freelancer Magic +21
  • Dark Arts Level 4 = Base Freelancer Magic +25
  • Dark Arts Level 5 = Base Freelancer Magic +29

After leveling up the Necromancer job, a character can have the DarkArts ability equipped on any other job and use any DarkArts spell whose associated level has been attained by the Necromancer. Therefore, to be able to use all DarkArts spells as a non-Necromancer, a character must level their Necromancer job up to level 5. DarkArts is the primary ability for Necromancers, who can use all DarkArts spells without the need to attain a spell's associated level first.

Level-up abilities[]

Dark Arts is the job's innate command ability, but leveling up the job adds new effects to it when used by other jobs. Undead is the job's innate support ability, and is always active when the character is using the job. Leveling the job up allows the player to have the support ability for other jobs as well.

Level 1 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Oath
Advance Name Oath
AP Required 15
Type Command
Innate N
Description Call forth a demon.
Information Randomly calls forth one of four demons as if released from the inventory.
Level 2 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Dark Arts (1)
Advance Name Dark Arts (1)
AP Required 30
Type Command
Innate Y
Description Call upon evil forces to perform Dark Arts.
Information Lets any Job cast Drain Touch and Dark Haze.
Level 3 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Dark Arts (2)
Advance Name Dark Arts (2)
AP Required 45
Type Command
Innate Y
Description Call upon evil forces to perform Dark Arts.
Information Lets any Job additionally cast Deep Freeze and Evil Mist.
Level 4 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Dark Arts (3)
Advance Name Dark Arts (3)
AP Required 60
Type Command
Innate Y
Description Call upon evil forces to perform Dark Arts.
Information Lets any Job additionally cast Meltdown and Hellwind.
Level 5 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Dark Arts (4)
Advance Name Dark Arts (4)
AP Required 100
Type Command
Innate Y
Description Call upon evil forces to perform Dark Arts.
Information Lets any Job cast additionally Chaos Drive and Curse.
Level 6 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Dark Arts (5)
Advance Name Dark Arts (5)
AP Required 200
Type Command
Innate Y
Description Call upon evil forces to perform Dark Arts.
Information Lets any Job additionally cast Dark Flare and Doomsday.
Level 7 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Undead
Advance Name Undead
AP Required 300
Type Support
Innate Y
Description Become Undead. Take damage from recovery items or magic.
Information Character becomes Undead like the Necromancer.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game card.

Necromancer appears on a trading card depicting Krile. It is earth-elemental.

Triple Triad[]

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Necromancer from Final Fantasy V has a Triple Triad card in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Gallery[]

Etymology[]

Necromancy is a form of magic involving communication with the deceased—either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily—for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge. The term may sometimes be used in a more general sense to refer to black magic or witchcraft.

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