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|Final Fantasy Enemy|
The Dark Wizard, also known as the MAGE in the Nintendo Entertainment System version, is an enemy in the original Final Fantasy. They are small Dark Elves with a red coloration. The physical counterpart and palette swaps of this enemy are the Dark Fighter and Astos.
Untimely encounters with a Dark Wizard can result in a party being destroyed outright. As its name suggests, the Dark Wizard utilizes magic in battle, including Firaga, Thundaga, Scourge, Death, and Slowra. Fortunately they tend to be slow to react and will use physical attacks just as often as casting spells - but when they do cast spells, you can be in serious trouble if you are already weakened, at low level, or they appear in larger groups. The Silence spell can be a life-saver in battles with these horrors, as can NulShock, NulBlaze, NulDeath, and Protect Rings. It is best to use physical attacks in battle, as they do not have any elemental weaknesses.
They appear in the Cavern of Ice, and in the third basement of the Chaos Shrine. Usually, Dark Wizards appear in groups of one to four elves, though in the Chaos Shrine, they can appear in even larger packs. They also serve as the guardians of the chest on the right hand side of the Levistone.