Level 5 Death (レベル５デス, Reberu 5 Desu?), Lv.5 Death and L5 Doom, is a recurring Blue Magic spell in the Final Fantasy series. It deals instant death to all enemies whose level is a multiple of 5 (ending in 5 or 0). One difficulty in obtaining this spell is that the character learning it must not actually die from the spell, which may pose problems for players who have a relatively even-leveled party. Depending on the game, Level 5 Death may or may not bypass an immunity to "death".
It costs 22 MP to cast. It can only be learned if the character is a Blue Mage and is successfully hit by the spell, or is using the Learning ability. In the GBA and mobile versions, it cannot be obtained if the Blue Mage, who has taken the hit, finishes the battle without being revived; they must die to the spell (meaning they need to be a level that is a multiple of 5). Also, the player may utilize this ability by catching and releasing an Executor.
Casts Death on enemies whose levels are divisible by 5.
Lv.5 Death, previously known as L5 Doom, is a Lore that can be learned from the following enemies: Apocrypha, Dark Force, Death Machine, Deathgaze, Daedalus, Dueller, Devil, and Trapper. Strago can also learn the spell if either Setzer or Gogo use Joker's Death through the Slot command. It costs 22 MP to cast, doesn't check for Stamina, and doesn't restore undead. It is unblockable.
There is a listed total of 36 enemies that can be affected and killed by this spell; enemies that are immune to Death will not be listed. They are as follows:
L5 Death can be learned as an Enemy Skill from Parasite. The player must use Manipulate to learn it. It costs 22 MP to cast. It targets all opponents and inflicts instant death on all targets with a level divisible by five. The spell graphic is a red semi-transparent skull (similar to the effect used when bosses are defeated) that opens its jaw.
LV5 Death is Omega Weapon's opening attack. This is the only instance of the attack being used in that battle. The only other enemy to use this attack is the Torama. Quistis has a similar Blue Magic skill, Lv? Death.
LV5 Death is notable for being able to instantly wipe out a max level (100) party that has no Death resistance junctioned. Due to the ease of reaching level 100 with the Final Fantasy VIII level-scaled difficulty, this makes it a devastating attack late in the game.
Every random encounter inside Desert Palace is vulnerable to this move, making it especially useful for speedruns during this part where Flee is unavailable. LV5 Death is also useful for grinding Grand Dragons.
LV 5 Death is an enemy ability used by Jawbreakers. It is usable by the player through the Morpher job when one of the Jawbreakers with the ability is captured in the Monster Bank. This is one of the few games in which the spell is not a Blue Magic spell. It costs 24 MP to cast and is Dark-elemental.
The Deathgaze card can use the Level 5 Death ability. For the discard of a Deathgaze card, it Breaks all the opponent's Characters with costs of 5 or 10. The ability can only be used when Deathgaze is a Forward.