- "There were some spies come into the barracks the other day, but they got away before we could nab 'em. They was wearin' black cowls just right, so as to not be seen. Don't get me wrong, I ain't praisin' 'em, but if you'd seen some o' them things they was wearin', made o' fine wool an' tyrant hide, you'd've been impressed too."
- —Baro, Soldier, Aletap Rumors
The Black Cowl (くろずきん, Kuro Zukin?), also known as Dark Hood or Black Hood, is a recurring piece of headgear in the Final Fantasy series. It is usually a mid-level armor and tends to grant various bonuses.
- "Black hood brought from a distant land."
The Black Cowl appears in the Dawn of Souls version. It is a mid-level armor, and grants +8 Defense, +1 Weight, +10 Evasion, and +3 Strength, Agility, and Stamina. It can only be found in the Earthgift Shrine.
The Black Cowl can be equipped by Freelancers, Onion Knights, Monks, Rangers, Thieves, Black Belts, and Ninjas. It grants +15 Defense, +10 Magic Defense, and +2 Speed. It is bought and found in Amur and costs 2,000 gil in the original, 4,000 gil in the Nintendo DS version.
- "Hood that prevents Sleep."
Black Cowl is a helmet that provides 5 Defense, 1 Magic Defense, 4 Evasion, and 1 Magic Evasion, as well as preventing Sleep. It also provides +3 Strength, Speed, and Stamina, and is only found at the Sealed Cave. Like all hats, it can be equipped by every character except for Dark Knight Cecil, Cid, and Kain.
Black Cowl returns as a helmet, providing nearly the exact same bonuses as in Final Fantasy IV, except this time around providing +7 Defense. It can be found in Yang's and Edge's Challenge Dungeons and in Cave of Eblan,
- "Jet-black hood imported from a far-off land."
The Black Cowl can be equipped by many classes, and is the best piece of light headgear in the game, only surpassed in the Advance port by the Royal Crown. It grants +12 Defense, +2 Agility, and +2 Magic Defense, and can be bought in either the Great Sea Trench or Phantom Village for 6,500 gil.
- "Solid black hood from a distant land."
The Black Cowl, also known as the Dark Hood, grants +26 Defense, +17 Magic Defense, and +6 Speed, and can be bought only in the World of Ruin in Jidoor and Thamasa for 7,500 gil. It can also be stolen from Neck Hunter. It can be equipped by Locke, Sabin, Shadow, Gau, Mog, and Gogo.
- "Hood from a foreign land."
The Black Hood is a mid-level headgear, and grants +27 Defense. It is equippable by Zidane, Vivi, Dagger, Quina, and Eiko, and teaches the abilities Accuracy+, Death, and Locomotion. It also halves Fire, Water, and Lightning-elemental damage. It is bought in Esto Gaza for 2,550 gil.
The Black Cowl is a mid-level headgear that provides 33 Magic Resistance, +5 Magic, and +4 Speed. It costs 4,900 gil to buy at Rabanastre and Nalbina Fortress after the events in Mt. Bur-Omisace, and requires 30 LP to unlock on the License Board with the Mystic Armor 6 license.
- "A pitch-black cloth hat."
The Black Cowl, known as Black Hood in the PlayStation version, boosts HP by 72. It can be bought for 7,000 gil after the storyline battle 26. It can be found as a rare treasure at Finnath Creek with the Treasure Hunter ability.
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Black Cowl is a Defense-raising artifact, boosting Defense by 2.
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Black Cowl returns as a level 60 Headband that provides +287 HP, +255 Bravery, and +1% Bravery Boost on Quickmove. It can be obtained by trading 63,260 gil, Chakra Band, Ixion's Mane, and five Liegeman's Hopes.