Return to Darkness (あんこくかいき, Ankokukaiki?, lit. Dark Recurrence), also known as Vanish and Dark Returns, is a recurring enemy ability in the Final Fantasy series.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy IV[edit | edit source]

Vanish is used by Zeromus. Since there is no final attack system, this enemy ability is used to self-destroy, without displaying anything during battle.

Final Fantasy V[edit | edit source]

Vanish, known as Dark Returns in the older translations, is used when hit by a Gold Needle. It is merely a death animation used by Objet d'Art and Alchymia.

Final Fantasy Dimensions[edit | edit source]

Return to Darkness turns the user invisible, dodging all attacks. Also, deals damage and can inflict Poison, Attack Down, Defense Down, and Magic Defense Down. This ability is used by Asmodai

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

Darkness, as the polar opposite to brightness, is understood to be an absence of visible light. It is also the appearance of black in a colored space.

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