Magnolia is a brave, if eccentric, fighter from the Moon. Her mission? To intercept and destroy the fearsome entities known as Ba’als. She seems to have taken a real liking to Yew.
Magnolia is bilingual in the language of the Moon and the common language of Luxendarc. In the Japanese release (and French and Korean translations), her second language is English, while in the English release (and Italian, German, and Spanish translations), her second language is French, spoken with a slight accent.
Magnolia's appearance changes according to which asterisk she is currently equipped with. She has red eyes and long white hair with a white magnolia flower. Her normal outfit consists of a short indigo dress with slits on the sides and two extended "tails" in the back. Her bell sleeves are white and black and she wears black gloves. She wears black, white and indigo boots. She also has a white collar that covers her shoulders.
Magnolia has several alternate outfits that can be bought at various locations. Some of these outfits are censored in the English version.
Her Planeswarden Garb resembles her normal outfit, but is colored black with a different design on the sleeves. She also wears her hair in a bun. Her Research Lab Coat outfit consists of a white long-sleeved dress shirt over a short black dress, black tights and black high-heeled shoes. She wears black half-rim glasses, a silver locket and her hair is tied a ponytail without the flower. Her Washcloth outfit is simply a white towel wrapped around her. She wears her hair in a yarnball bun and is barefoot. The Freelancer Garb is simply her default outfit.
Magnolia shares a few outfits with Edea and Agnès from Bravely Default. The first is Agnès's Bravo Bunny outfit, called Bonsoir Bunny, but with reversed colors. Her teddy and rabbit ear headband is black with white tips. Her gloves are also colored white with a black bow on each side. Her boots are white with a black bow on the back of each. She is also missing her flower. The second is Edea's Garb, called Vestal Garb, which consists of a tight black form-fitting outfit with armor-plated chest piece, sleeves, and boots. She has platemail on each side of her hips, a decorative hairpin on the left side and is not wearing her flower. The third is Edea's Military Cadet-in outfit, called Cadet Uniform, which consists of a short black dress with white stripes and a white shrug around her shoulders. She wears white tights and black boots with a brown bag hanging around her left shoulder. Her long hair is worn down and wavy.
Magnolia is a seasoned warrior who serves as part of the Ba'al busters charged with the defense of the Moon and the world from monsters known as Ba'als. About a year before the events of Bravely Second, a powerful Ba'al attacked the Moon destroying Fort-Lune and killing all of the Ba'al buster unit except for Magnolia and her commanding officer Appleberry. This motivated them to create a small one-person craft that would travel to Luxendarc in order to hunt down the Ba'al. This is shown to be Magnolia's largest concern as the Ba'al that destroyed her home is currently on board Kaiser Oblivion's Skyhold.
Magnolia herself is a highly curious and romantic person who takes great pleasure in traveling Luxendarc. She had lived her entire life on the Moon and is amazed with the many cultures and locations throughout the world. She often pepper's her speech with the native language of the Moon, especially when excited or upset. She tends to enjoy moments that others would not, like when the small boat the party used was springing leaks, stating how exciting it was while the others were trying to remove the water. This culture clash, however, leads to a misunderstanding between Yew and herself.
After finding her unconscious, Yew used a magnolia flower to rouse her from her slumber. Due to the culture related to flowers on the Moon, Magnolia interpreted the flower as a marriage proposal from Yew. Magnolia's feelings for Yew developed from this moment and even after the misunderstanding had been cleared between the two, Magnolia still continued to develop a strong interest in Yew, a feeling that was eventually reciprocated.
Ah, la vache! (Oh, my God!)
A year after the Ba'al Diamante ravaged the moon, Arch gave chase after the monster on a Buster ship that crash lands in Gravemark Village where Yew and Edea were sleeping. Yew investigates the ship alone, while Edea was still asleep in the room. Inside the ship, he finds the unconscious Arch, reviving her with a magnolia flower he found. Once she wakes up. Upon realizing Yew could not understand her native language, she spoke in his tongue. Relieved, Yew gave her the flower so that she would be able to recover. Upon receiving the flower from someone she just met, believing Yew wants to marry her, Arch is moved to tears. When Yew asks for her name, she hesitates before being inspired by the flower to introduce herself as Magnolia Arch.
Accompanying Edea and Yew to Eternian Central Command, Magnolia parted ways with them when they learn the Glanz imperials are alerted to Tiz Arrior's revival. Magnolia takes out the guards, doctors and scientists in the room, using Bravely Second to defeat a beana-cell infected Gigas Lich. After freeing Tiz from captivity, she then says he is lucky to live in the same era as she regroups with the others.
Over time, Magnolia learns more of Luxendarc as she and the others manage to save the world from the force behind the Ba'als, Providence. Though she was to return to the Moon, Magnolia instead leaves the repaired Buster ship before it lifts off. After Yew finally admits his feelings for Magnolia, she returns the sentiment by telling him her true name and the marital significance it represents in her people's culture.
Like all characters in the Bravely series, Magnolia's appearance, stats, and abilities change depending on the currently assigned job. However, her base stats upon joining show that her Mind stats excels above every other member in the party. It is beneficial to assign Magnolia to support classes, such as the Bishop.
In Bravely Second, Magnolia's theme is called "Theme of Magnolia". During her "Special Move" sequence, "I'm Going All Out" is played.
Magnolia appears as an obtainable unit.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit
Magnolia's flower head accessory is given to players who finished the Bravely Second demo then use the Dragon Quest X Convenient Tool For Adventures On the Go 3DS app.
Rise of ManaEdit
World Cross SagaEdit
Magnolia appears as an obtainable character.
Magnolia appears on sticker sets for the LINE communications app wearing her Freelancer outfit from Bravely Second: End Layer. The sticker sets she appears in are titled "Bravely Stickers - Volume 1" and "Bravely Stickers - Volume 2".
An upcoming PVC figure for Magnolia Arch was announced to be in production.
Magnolia is a large genus of about 210 flowering plant species named after French botanist Pierre Magnol.
The prefix "arch" comes from the Greek árchos (leader), árchein (to be the first, command)
- In the first conversation on Magnolia's bracelet she refers to herself as No. 10345:Arch.
- Magnolia's Research Lab Coat outfit is actually the attire of Vega.
- When writing in Yew's Diary, Magnolia writes in blue and her icon is a magnolia.
- In a party chat in Harena after meeting Jackal, Magnolia and Yew are seen playing in the sand together. In their pretend battle, Magnolia refers to herself as "Princess Ariane of the Moon Desert." This could be a nod to Ariadne and Krinjh from Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light.