Dark magic spells are insidious and self serving, leeching the target's strength and making them weak. All the spells under dark magic (with the exception of Bio and Tractor) take that strength and give it to the caster, whether it be in the form of stats (such as DEX), Hit Points, Magic Points, or Tactical Points.

There are a handful of types of Dark Magic spells:

  • Bio: Status Effect that deals Damage Over Time and lowers an enemy's Attack.
  • Drain: Steals an enemy's Hit Points and gives them to the caster.
  • Aspir: Steals an enemy's Magic Points (assuming they have any) and gives them to the caster.
  • Tractor: Teleports a dead body to your current position. Casting range is the same as other magic.
  • Stun: Make the enemies unable to perform any actions for a few seconds.
  • Absorb (e.g. Absorb-STR): Steals an enemy's stat (such as STR) and gives it to the caster temporarily.

Dark Magic Skill is the skill base from which Dark Magic derives. It is most synonomous and most importantly relational to the resistance rate of all attack spells therein. In short, Dark Magic is the largest factor which determines if an Dark Magic Spell lands unresisted or not.

Dark Magic also helps defend against spell interruptions for any spells in its category.

Job Skill Ranking Cap at Level 1 Cap at Level 37 Cap at Level 75
Black Mage A- 6 114 269
Dark Knight A- 6 114 269
Red Mage E 4 94 200

See: Combat Skills for more Skill information.

Equipment that Enhances this Skill

Name Skill Increase
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Glamor Jupon Check
Inferno Sabots Check
Dusky Staff Check
Dark Earring Check
Igqira Huaraches Check
Nashira Manteel Check
Chaos Burgeonet Check
Chaos Burgeonet +1 Check
Merciful Cape Check
Genie Huaraches Check
Abyss Flanchard Check
Abyss Gauntlets Check
Abyssal Earring Check
Demon's Harness Check
Demon's Harness +1 Check
Blackjack Check
Charging Shield Check
Inferno Sabots +1 Check
Demon's Axe Check
Abyss Gauntlets +1 Check
Abyss Flanchard +1 Check
Dark Torque Check
Crimson Finger Gauntlets Check
Sorcerer's Gloves Check
Blood Finger Gauntlets Check
Sorcerer's Gloves +1 Check
Diabolos's Ring Check
Wizard's Tonban Check
Wizard's Tonban +1 Check
Magic of Vana'diel: Dark Magic
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HP/MP Absorption:

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