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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 in the game include Duke Snakeheart, a Boss of Duelhorn, and Madreth, clan leader of Nu Mou Nobles.


  • To Unlock: Complete The Nu Mou Nobles
  • To Use: Master 2 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 Source Equipment Effect Range AP To Master MP Use
Syphon Terre Rod Drains MP from a unit; User regains HP equal to amount drained. 4 300 12
Death Heretic Rod Instant Death on a unit (fully heals undead). 3 450 16
Gravity Force Rod Deals damage equal to 1/4 of target's current HP. 3 250 12
Drain Sleet Rod Drains HP from a unit; User regains HP equal to damage dealt. 4 300 12
Graviga Stardust Rod Deals damage equal to half of target's current HP. 3 450 22
Lv.3 Dark Flame Rod Dark-elemental damage to all units with level that is a multiple of 3. All possible units 450 8
Lv.5 Haste Lilith Rod —Bestows Haste to all units with level that is a multiple of 5. All possible units 450 8
Lv.? Shadow Flare Bomb Arm Dark damage to units with same last digit in their level as caster. Also affects caster. All possible units 450 20


Skill Source Equipment Effect AP To Master
MP Shield Mirage Vest Converts HP damage to MP damage. Will not work if there is no MP to spare. Overflow is taken from HP. 450


Skill Source Equipment Effect AP To Master
Pierce Red Robe Spells ignore Reflect. 200

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit


Arcanist TCG

Arcanist appears with an ice-elemental card in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.