The archmages practice the forbidden arcane arts.
Arcanist (裏魔道士, Ura Madōshi?, lit. Reverse Mage) is a job in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift for the nu mou. It specializes in destructive Arcane Magick, with abilities learned from rods. Arcanists have a large base MP pool, useful for their advanced spell portfolios. However, their other 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 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 nullifies or absorbs Darkness, in which the Arcanist would function exactly like a Scholar. The Arcanist can then heal himself and his allies, due to the skill Lv. ? Shadow Flare.
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.
|Rods||Hats||Robes, Light Armor||No|
Fire, ice, and lightning have no place among the magicks of the ARCANIST.
|Syphon MP from the target, converting it to HP for the user.|
|Sever the target's life thread to KO the target.|
|Create a small gravity well around the target. Reduces HP by 25%.|
|Steal the target's vitality. Transfers HP from the target to the user.|
|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.|
|MP Shield||Mirage Vest||Damage taken depletes MP rather than HP. Has no effect when the user has no MP.||450|
|Pierce||Red Robe||Spells cast by the user are unaffected by Reflect.||200|
Arcanist appears with an ice-elemental card.