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.
- 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.
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.
- Main article: Red Mage (Final Fantasy III)
- Main article: Red Mage (Final Fantasy V)
- 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 "Covert" - swapping their HP and MP values around. Because of their jack-of-all-trades set up, and survival skills, Red Mages are popular for being one of the best "solo" jobs in the game, often subbing Ninja to outlast enemies with shadow images.
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.
- 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.
- Main article: Red Mage (Tactics Advance)
Only Viera can access the Red Mage Job, and their spells are considerably weaker compared to past incarnations. However, they still retain the Doublecast ability. The weapon of choice for Red Mages is the Rapier.
- 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.
Julius Vandole disguises himself early on as a Red Mage from the original Final Fantasy.
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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.
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 you hire him that he is mainly into fashion and dislikes fighting.
Red Mages are enemies that invade Mira's tower in order to destroy the crystal in the top floor.
- Main article: Red Mage (Bravely Default)
The Red Mage job will be present in this game. It has a very distinct appearance from the traditional Red Mage outfit, wearing red rose-decorated outfits.
- 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.
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.
The Red Mage job card reappears in the new Labyrinth mode, and halves the cost of Treasure cards.
- 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.
- "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.