The Red Mage is a well-rounded spell caster whose repertoire can include a balance of both black and white magic.Dawn of Souls instructions
The Red Mage and Red Wizard are able to utilize a range of equipment and magic to function as both fighters and spellcasters, but this versatility comes at the cost of poor stats and inability to utilize the top-tier equipment and spells that other jobs have. They are an archetypical "jack of all trades, master of none."
The Red Mage's appearance has been consistent across all releases of Final Fantasy, with minor adjustments due to improved graphics. The Red Mage wears red armor with a red cape, a red hat with a wide brim and a feather, and they have long white hair. As a Red Wizard, in the original NES version they are identical to the Red Mage in overall design, with a redesigned sprite to appear taller, and a slightly different cape that has a visible clasp. The Playstation Origins port, and the Game Boy Advance Dawn of Souls port that was based on it, give the Red Mage gold trim on their cape and boots, and as the Red Wizard they gain a white ruffle on their collar and additional silver/white details on their armor.
The names for the Red Mage class are:
- Duane - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Elayne - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Gill - Character in Final Fantasy V.
- KluYa - Character in Final Fantasy IV.
- Kory - Character in Final Fantasy IV.
- Lalibo - Character in Final Fantasy V.
- Lola - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Mid - Character in Final Fantasy V.
- Tot - Character in Final Fantasy IX.
- Yura - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
In the Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary and subsequent versions, the name "Tomok" is offered instead of "Lalibo" -
The Red Mage has balanced stats relative to other jobs in the game. It has higher physical stats than the White Mage and Black Mage, but lower magical stats, and the inverse is true comparing the Red Mage to the Warrior, Thief, and Monk. The Red Mage is the only job in the game able to use both Black and White Magic, and it can equip many different weapons and armor. This gives the Red Mage the most flexibility of any job, able to fill multiple roles in battle. Their weakness is that they are less effective in any given area than dedicated jobs; the Red Mage cannot equip the strongest equipment in the game or cast the highest level spells. The Red Mage's versatility allows it to shine in the early game where it can do everything other jobs can almost as effectively, but in the late game their poorer stats and equipment and spell draw force them into a more supportive role.
After completing the Citadel of Trials, Bahamut grants the party their class change and any Red Mages in the player's party become Red Wizards. The Red Wizard is an invaluable upgrade to the Red Mage, granting them access to a small but useful handful of higher-tier spells that allow them to be more useful as support mages that can buff the party.
The Red Mage appears on a Triple Triad card in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.