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Instantly kills all foes.
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Scourge (クラウダ, Kurauda?, lit. Clouda), also known as Bane, Poison, or Blight, is a recurring ability in the Final Fantasy series. Its effects vary depending on the game, but it is usually a Black Magic spell and associated with the Poison element.
- 1 Appearances
- 2 Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances
- 3 Gallery
- 4 Etymology
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Scourge (BANE on the NES and Poison in Final Fantasy Origins) is a level 5 Black Magic spell which attempts to inflict Instant Death on all enemies, but it has a rather low success rate. Scourge can be cast by Dark Wizard and Tiamat.
The spell can be bought at Melmond and can be learned by the Black Mage, Black Wizard, and Red Wizard job classes. In the Dawn of Souls and 20th Anniversary Edition releases it costs 28 MP to cast. It can also be cast from the Razer for free. In the NES version, it is bugged and ignores Instant Death immunity if used from the BANE Sword.
Deals poison damage.
Scourge (Poison in Origins) is a Black Magic spell that inflicts Poison-elemental damage to one or all enemies. The amount of damage inflicted increases depending on the spell's level. It is a particularly useful spell against enemies which are Lightning-based, as they are weak against the Poison element. As with all spells, any character can learn Scourge by having them use the Scourge Tome (Poison Scroll in Origins).
|Effect||Allows the target to learn Scourge when used outside of battle. Casts Scourge VIII when used in battle.|
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Scourge is Black Magick 6 License that costs 50 LP, and consumes 48 MP. It causes HP damage to all enemies in range and inflicts the status Sap. The spell has the maximum effect capacity, which means no other spell or technick can be performed simultaneously. It is bought at Balfonheim Port for 11,200 gil. Scourge is essentially an upgrade of the Bio spell.
In the Zodiac versions, Scourge has been listed as a Black Magick 12 license and costs 120 LP. While its effects and MP cost are unchanged, it costs 8,500 gil and can be bought at Barheim Passage after obtaining the Treaty-Blade.
Blight is an enemy ability used by Nabriales and by Lahabrea in the "Weapon's Refrain" raid. When used by Nabriales, the ability inflicts the Blight damage over time effect and increases the damage taken from other enemy attacks for a period of 15 seconds. The effect of Blight can be extended to a 150 seconds if the player is not careful and gets absorbed into Nabriales aetherial space during the final phase of the fight against him. Lahabrea's version simply reduces the HP of the entire party to critical amounts, which should be countered by a healer's Limit Break 3.
Both versions use an animation that is heavily inspired by the Final Fantasy XII version of Scourge.
Despite being called Blight in English, the name in the Japanese version is the traditional "Clouda" spell, however it was renamed to Blight in reference to the Scion Cúchulainn, who opposes Nabriales, the Majestic in Final Fantasy XII.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[edit | edit source]
SaGa 3: Jikuu no Hasha: Shadow or Light[edit | edit source]
In the Nintendo DS remake of Final Fantasy Legend III (known as SaGa 3 in Japanese), Scourge appears as part of a set of dark-elemental magic abilities. The default spell, Cloud (クラウド, Kuraudo?, lit. Cloud), appears as the first tier of dark-elemental magic available to players. The spell Clouda (クラウド, Kurauda?), known as Scourge in English localizations of Final Fantasy titles, appears as the second tier of the spell family. Two upgraded versions of Clouda also appear; Clouga (クラウガ, Kurauga?) and Hell Cloud (ヘルクラウド, Heru Kuraudo?). The spells deal magic dark damage to all enemies.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
The spell derives its design and Japanese name "Clouda" from the Dungeons & Dragons spell Cloudkill, which has been in the game since the first edition; Cloudkill occupies the same spell level which Scourge does in the magic system of the original Final Fantasy. Its design was substantially changed from Final Fantasy II onward as the series moved away from directly Dungeons & Dragons inspired design.
Scourge is an English noun that refers to "a cause of affliction or calamity".
Blight refers to a specific symptom affecting plants in response to infection by a pathogenic organism. It is a rapid and complete chlorosis, browning, then death of plant tissues such as leaves, branches, twigs, or floral organs.