The archmages practice the forbidden arcane arts.

Arcanist is a job in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift for the nu mou. The job specializes in using destructive Arcane Magick, with abilities learned from rods. Arcanists have a large base MP pool, which, when combined with their advance spell portfolios, makes them a potent foe against an enemy in an extended battle, but the Arcanist stats are low, so it might not be a good idea to level up as one. They have very low HP and low Evasion, though with the Drain and Halve MP abilities, an Arcanist can heal itself with every attack and essentially never die, unless hit by a Death effect or a very powerful attack.

Perhaps the most obvious tactic would be giving all units, or just the Arcanist, equipment that grants immunity or absorbs Darkness, in which the Arcanist would function exactly like a Scholar. If this method is used, the Arcanist will always be able to heal himself and his allies, due to the skill Lv. ? Shadow Flare.

Notable Arcanists include Duke Snakeheart, a boss of Duelhorn, and Madreth, clan leader of Nu Mou Nobles.


To unlock the Arcanist, the player must complete "The Nu Mou Nobles" mission. To use the job, a character must first master two Time Mage A-Abilities.


Weapons Head Body Equip Shields?
Rods Hats Robes, Light Armor No

Move Jump Evasion Unarmed
Attack Raise
Resilience HP MP Atk Def Mgk Res Spd
3 2 0 10 50 E A G F D E 34%


Arcane MagickEdit

Fire, ice, and lightning have no place among the magicks of the ARCANIST.

Skill Equipment Range AP MP
Syphon Terre Rod 4 300 12
Syphon MP from the target, converting it to HP for the user.
Death Heretic Rod 3 450 16
Sever the target's life thread to KO the target.
Gravity Force Rod 3 250 12
Create a small gravity well around the target. Reduces HP by 25%.
Drain Sleet Rod 4 300 12
Steal the target's vitality. Transfers HP from the target to the user.
Graviga Stardust Rod 3 450 22
Create a large gravity well around the target. Reduces HP by 50%.
Lv. 3 Dark Flame Rod All possible units 450 8
Deal dark damage to each unit whose level is a multiple of 3.
Lv. 5 Haste Lilith Rod All possible units 450 8
Grant HASTE to each unit whose level is a multiple of 5.
Lv. ? Shadow Flare Bomb Arm All possible units 450 20
Cast Shadowflare on all units who share the first digit of the caster's level. Deals dark damage.


Skill Equipment Effect AP
MP Shield Mirage Vest Damage taken depletes MP rather than HP. Has no effect when the user has no MP. 450


Skill Equipment Effect AP
Pierce Red Robe Spells cast by the user are unaffected by Reflect. 200

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit


Arcanist TCG

Arcanist appears with an ice-elemental card.