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Nightshade (Tactics A2)

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Beautiful swordmasters who command the forbidden dark arts of the warmage.

Nightshade is a unique job in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift, exclusive to Illua, and unavailable for player use. It excels in dealing heavy damage to both single units and groups.


Weapons Head Body Equip Shields?
Knightswords, Katanas Helmets, Hats Light Armor, Heavy Armor Yes

Move Jump Evasion Unarmed
Attack Raise
Resilience HP MP Atk Def Mgk Res Spd
4 3 0 30 85* S S A B C B 70%

*Illua has the Impervious P-Ability, so this stat is irrelevant.



The malice festering in the hearts of the NIGHTSHADES led them to these dark arts.

Skill Effect Range Used during
Time Blade Temporarily sever the target from time's flow. Damages the target and delays its next turn. 1 All 3 battles
Saber Waken the user's latent powers. Raises Attack power and Accuracy of user. Self All 3 battles
Dimensional Rift Tears holes in the fabric of time. Reduces the HP of units in a large area by 75%. 6 1st and 2nd battle
Abyssal Slash Summon a vision of the great abyss above the battlefield, maddening all who gaze into its depths. Damages and STOPS targets. 2 sq. line in front of user 2nd and final battle (Part 1)
Annul A brilliant light dances from the user's fingertips to the target. Completely depletes the target's MP. 4 2nd battle
Rebirth Infuse the user's body with Mist. Fully restores the user's HP and removes all debuffs. Self Final battle (Part 1)
Sheol Shift the sands of time in the user's favor. Slow and Immobilize for all foes, Haste and Regen for all allies. All units Final battle (Part 1)


Skill Effect Used during
Reflex Evade all basic attacks. 1st battle
Blink Counter Counterattack with knockback effect after taking damage. 2nd battle
Bonecrusher Counterattack with increased power after taking damage. Final battle (Part 1)


Skill Effect Used during
Impervious Immune to debuffs. All 3 battles



Nightshade is a type of flower, although its relation to the job might be coincidental. Nightshade, refers to the family of flowering plants, famous for some of the species' deadly poison. The most famous specimen is probably the Deadly Nightshade, or Belladonna. The leaves, seeds, and roots are deadly poison, but the extract was historically used as a cosmetic.