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Artwork of an Elvaan Red Mage from Final Fantasy XI.

Red Mage (赤魔道士 or 赤魔道師, Akamadōshi?, lit. Red Magic Adherent) is a Job class in the Final Fantasy series, and is featured in several installments. It is among the first Job classes introduced in the series.


Red Mages typically cast both Black and White Magic and can also wield swords and equip armor that normal Black and White Mages cannot. They are, in essence, among the more versatile characters of the series. However, their versatility comes at a price: their stats are usually low, and they cannot cast higher level spells or use stronger equipment. They can learn many spells, but not the strongest, and equip some heavy armor, but not all of it.

Thus, the Red Mage is a jack-of-all-trades, but a master of none. In certain games, Red Mages have a special ability such as Dualcast which boosts their spell casting efficiency. The standard Red Mage attire consists of red, black, and white clothing, including a red cloak with white or black trimmings, black boots and a red cap with a white feather.


Final FantasyEdit

Main article: Red Mage (Final Fantasy)

First appearing as one of the basic six Job classes, Red Mages can upgrade into the Red Wizard, which is distinctly versatile in both magic and weapons. Unlike most other Red Mages in the series, those in the original Final Fantasy can cast the third-tier level of elemental spells such as Firaga.

The 8-Bit Theater character Red Mage Statscowski is based on this Job.

Final Fantasy IIEdit

Few characters in Final Fantasy II are assigned a specific Job. However, Scott wears red armor and a cloak and has basic magic and physical abilities, approximating the standard abilities and appearance of Red Mages.

Final Fantasy IIIEdit

Main article: Red Mage (Final Fantasy III)

The Red Mage Job class is obtainable after the Wind Crystal is cleansed. In the opening FMV of the DS version, Ingus is seen clothed in Red Mage garb.

Final Fantasy VEdit

Main article: Red Mage (Final Fantasy V)

The Job is available after the Water Crystal in Walse Tower is destroyed, and marks the debut appearance of Dualcast in the series, which is exclusive to the Red Mage.

Final Fantasy IXEdit

While they do not appear as a playable class, Red Mages of both genders, clad in their classic caps and robes, can be found as NPCs in Lindblum and Treno. One is also seen in the Alexandria pub.

Final Fantasy XIEdit

Main article: Red Mage (Final Fantasy XI)

In Final Fantasy XI Red Mages have access to White and Black Magic spell, but are especially proficient at buffing and debuffing spells, with its signature spell being the MP-restoring Refresh spell. Red Mages also have reduce spell casting times and the ability to "Convert" - swapping their HP and MP values around. Because of their jack-of-all-trades set up, and survival skills, Red Mages have fairly sufficient "solo" capability, depending on the content level.

Rainemard was an Elvaan Red Mage who was murdered before the game starts. Players can undertake a series of quests to investigate his murder mystery. In the expansion Wings of the Goddess, Rainemard is alive and can be recruited as a freelancer to help players in Campaign battles.

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

Main article: Red Mage (Final Fantasy XII)

Represented by the Zodiac sign of Cancer, Red Mages are notable for being the only class to use Arcane Magick. They can wield Maces and Greatswords.

Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit

Red Mage's hat is an adornment for monsters, as an allusion to the job.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

A garb imbued with the soul of the red mage. It increases wearer's physical damage as well as magic damage in a balanced way.

Lightning obtains the Red Mage at the start of Day 2 from a treasure cube in the Ark. It raises maximum ATB by 20, but comes with a slight disadvantage of starting a battle with the ATB gauge filled at 50%. The passive ability that is attached to the garb, Soul of the Red Mage, raises Lightning's Strength and Magic by 8%. The garb comes with locked abilities List of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Abilities#Light Slash Lv. 2 and Buster Ruin Lv. 2.

To complete the look of the Red Mage garb, the player can acquire the Red Mage's Chapeau adornment which is a reward for defeating the superboss Ereshkigal.

Final Fantasy Tactics AdvanceEdit

Main article: Red Mage (Tactics Advance)

Only viera can access the Red Mage Job, and their spells only reach tier 1 spells (though said spells are significantly stronger than previous iterations). However, they still retain the Doublecast ability. The weapon of choice for Red Mages is the Rapier.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

Main article: Red Mage (Tactics A2)

Red Mages in Tactics A2 follow the same form as Tactics Advance. Due to new Laws System, Doublecast cannot be used to evade such as elemental laws.

Final Fantasy Tactics SEdit

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Final Fantasy AdventureEdit

Julius disguises himself early on as a Red Mage from the original Final Fantasy, he attacks the enemy with fireballs.

Final Fantasy Legend IIIEdit

Shar, the Wizard looks like a traditional Red Mage. The wizard Shar can create Lost Magic using powerful elemental stones for the party. Lost Magic is a combination of both White Magic and Black Magic, befitting the traditional Red Mage's ability of using both White and Black Magic spells.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of TimeEdit

Del Dee is a mercenary who can be hired in the town for a price of 5,000 Gil. He is dressed as a Red Mage and boasts a high level of magic, but mentions when the player hires him that he is mainly into fashion and dislikes fighting.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a DarklordEdit

Main article: List of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord Enemies#Red Mage

Red Mages are enemies that invade Mira's tower in order to destroy the crystal in the top floor.

Bravely DefaultEdit

Main article: Red Mage (Bravely Default)

The Red Mage job is present in this game, and is obtained after defeating Fiore DeRosa in Florem. It has a very distinct appearance from the traditional Red Mage outfit, wearing red rose-decorated outfits. In addition to its standard abilities, Bravely Default's Red Mage also has abilities that let them gain extra BP when certain battle conditions are met.

Bravely Second: End LayerEdit

Red Mage returns as a job in Bravely Second: End Layer.

Final Fantasy DimensionsEdit

Main article: Red Mage (Dimensions)

Elgo bears the Red Mage job class. The Warriors of Light obtain access to this job with the completion of the chapter featuring that character: "Tome of Dawn". It is one of the standard jobs available to both groups.

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

In the Duel Colosseum, when selected, the Red Mage Job card will cause the cards at the selection area not to be discarded while not chosen. In the North American, European and Universal Tuning versions of the game, it also makes Treasure Cards cost 0 medals. This is great for those who want to obtain a lot of treasure with minimal expense, especially with the Thief Job Card active as well.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

The Red Mage job card reappears in the new Labyrinth mode, and halves the cost of Treasure cards.

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

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Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

Main article: Red Mage (Airborne Brigade)

The Red Mage is a job in Final Fantasy: Airborne Brigade available from the start. The preferred weapons for the job are swords and staves. The job specializes in intelligence abilities. The job is involved in the requirements to unlock the Dancer and Blue Mage jobs.

Final Fantasy ArtniksEdit

The Red Mage appears as a character card.

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Final Fantasy All the BravestEdit

When red mages chainspell opposing elements, enemies have a tough time staying alive.

The Red Mage is a character available to the party, he uses the Dualcast ability during battle. Unlocks at level 36.

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

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Final Fantasy ExplorersEdit

Main article: Red Mage (Explorers)
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Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

The Red Mage job is represented in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game by two cards: a Fire-element card depicting Arc as a Red Mage and a Lightning-element card depicting Refia as a Red Mage.

Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit

Square Enix Legend WorldEdit

Square Enix Legend World - Red Mage (FFXI) SR

The Red Mage version from Final Fantasy XI appears as a card in the game.


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