Duane, a recurring Warmage from the Final Fantasy Brave Exvius sub-series.

The Warmage (魔剣士, Makenshi?, lit. Magic Swordsman), also known as Dark Knight or Knight of Darkness, is a recurring job in the series.

First introduced in Final Fantasy III as a unique melee job able to cast weaker White Magics, later installments would have the job altered to become an alternate variant of the recurring Dark Knight job, giving it the ability to perform the Souleater ability and absorption magics.

While it is considered separate from the Dark Knight job in Japanese, certain installments such as Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions and Final Fantasy Dimensions have acknowledge the Warmage's connection to recurring Dark Knight job.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy III[edit | edit source]

The Dark Knight is a job class obtained from the Water Crystal. They are trained to harness the negative energies that flow throughout the world. The dark blades they wield are effective against monsters that divide and multiply.

In the original NES release, the Dark Knight can cast White Magic similar to a Paladin.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings[edit | edit source]

This warrior's magicked blade seeks out the weakness of its target.

Description
A viera Warmage.

The Warmage is an enemy job class available to viera units. Many of their skills derive from the Mystic Knight job, such as Fire Sword, Blizzard Sword, and Lightning Sword. Their appearance is based on the Fencer class in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.

Final Fantasy XIV[edit | edit source]

While not a job class available to players, the character Branden takes on the role of the Knight of Darkness when on the Source. It functions similarly to the Paladin job.

However, due to Knight being used as the Japanese name for the Paladin job in Final Fantasy XIV, Brynden's job title in Japanese is instead Magic Swordsman (魔剣士, Makenshi?), being named after the Dark Knight job in Final Fantasy III, likely a reference to the job acting similarly to the recurring Knight and Paladin in the original Famicom versions of the title.

Final Fantasy Artniks[edit | edit source]

Ingus as a Rank N Dark Knight card in Final Fantasy Artniks.

The Dark Knight appeared as a character card.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

Warmage sprites in Final Fantasy Record Keeper.

The Warmage makes a cameo appearance as a Record Sphere category for specific characters, often increasing the character's physical attack power and Darkness ability damage potency or usable ranks.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[edit | edit source]

Duane's job class is Warmage. His skillsets include the Darkside ability, along with several Break-type and Black Magic abilities. His Limit Bursts focus on dealing heavy physical dark-elemental damage attacks, while also absorbing the enemy's HP.

War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[edit | edit source]

Duane once again appears as a Warmage, with the job's name being translated as Dark Knight of Remorse (悔恨の魔剣士, Kaikon no Makenshi?, lit. Magic Swordsman of Remorse). The job's abilities focus on dealing dark-elemental damage and inflicting several different debuffing effects to enemies.

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[edit | edit source]

The Dark Knight job appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Ice-, Earth-, and Lightning-elemental Backup and Forward cards. The cards depict Arc, Luneth, Ingus, and Refia from Final Fantasy III.

Triple Triad[edit | edit source]

The Dark Knight from Final Fantasy III appears on Triple Triad cards in the version available via the Final Fantasy Portal App.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[edit | edit source]

Bravely series[edit | edit source]

Seth as a Hellblade.

The Hellblade exclusively appears as a job in Bravely Default II, with the Asterisk holder being Adam Holograd. Being a fusion of the series' recurring Spell Fencer and Dark Knight jobs, the Hellblade's Diabolism skillet focuses on sacrificing heavy portions of HP and MP to attack enemies with elemental imbued swords.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Dark knights, also known as black knights, were a minority group of knights who refused to serve lords or kings. Instead they either looted and raided, hunted bounties, or lived off the charity from the more humble folk, in much the same manner as a Japanese ronin. As they had no master, and thus no squire, they would paint their armor a signature black color to prevent rust and damage. Dark knights were considered by many a necessary evil, as they would protect villages and lesser people from invaders and bandits, but would also cause problems in the regions they dwelt in to sustain themselves. In some legends, black knights were reputed to be nigh-invincible in combat.

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