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The Sage (賢者, Kenja?) is a job class that has appeared in a number of games in the Final Fantasy series. The sage could be considered the ultimate Red Mage, being able to cast both Black and White Magic. However, the Sage is physically very weak with virtually no prowess with weapons. They also have low HP and speed and weak physical defenses as most mage-type classes do. Sometimes they have a lower MP total than a regular mage, but this is compensated by their ability to use any kind of magic from both schools unlike the regular Red Mage that has a limited pool.
The Sage is a job gained in Eureka in the NES version, while it is gained from the Earth Crystal in the 3D versions. Sages are highly adept mages who have mastered all levels of the Black and White arts. While they have numerous techniques at their disposal, their MP is limited compared to those spell casters who are more specialized. The Sage is considered to be a powered-up version of the Red Mage job, but it lacks the physical offense in exchange for focusing on Black and White arts.
Tellah is a Sage and is able to cast limited White and Black Magic when he joins the party, as he has forgotten much of his spells in his old age. He later remembers the spells he has forgotten, giving him the ability to cast all but a select few spells. Fusoya is classified as a Lunarian, but also has the ability to use White and Black Magic, and can cast all the spells in the game (of course, this is because Lunarians created the concept of magic to begin with). Both Tellah and Fusoya have very low MP, however.
Nobody's going to call you a sage just because you've learned black and white magic. You have to throw away your own wishes and ambitions, Palom, and learn to use your magic to benefit the whole world...not just yourself.
The goal of becoming a Sage is central to Palom and Porom's Tales. Palom wishes to become a sage like Tellah and trains in various places around the world to hone his skills in Black Magic, but he shows no prowess in White Magic.
Leonora is officially classified as an Epopt, but is able to learn all White Magic and eventually most Black Magic. Palom suspects during his training her in Black Magic that she wishes to become a Sage, but she rejects this. During the ending, Leonora arrives at Mysidia to officially train to be a Sage.
Though there is no official job system, Seymour Guado is able to use both White and Black Magic when he is a temporary party member, and has the ability to summon but cannot do so while being part of the party during the short time he is available. This makes him similar to a Sage, especially the Sage job from Final Fantasy III. As a temporary party member, Seymour's abilities in general are much stronger than the other party members'.
Sage is a job exclusive to nu mou. Sages are similar to Alchemists in that they have some status ailment magic and wield maces in battle. While their Weapon Attack and Magic Power stats are above average, and they have high MP, they have one crippling flaw: they are the slowest job. For this reason, it is to a nu mou's advantage to learn the Sagacity Skill action ability, especially the powerful spells Ultima Blow and Giga Flare, and then switch to a quicker job while equipping Sagacity Skill as the secondary action ability.
Sage is a job class for the nu mou. They primarily use maces to cast damaging spells and status effects. A good spellcaster class since it has a decent array of skills, Sage can equip shields and has a high Move range. A Sage can be particularly useful when combined with Time Magick as the secondary ability, becoming able to place buffs, debuffs, restore ailments and wreak havoc with damaging spells.
"Onion Sage" from Final Fantasy III appears as a summon.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)Edit
The Onion Knight retains his Sage EX Mode with the same effects.
Sage is also an advanced job that can be selected for a character in the player's party for Quick Battle, Friend Cards, or wireless matches. Combining the powers of the Summoner, Black Mage and White Mage, and doubles the rate at which the EX Gauge fills.
Even these grandmasters of all magic are spent after casting their beloved Meteor spell.
The Sage is a character available to the party, he uses the Meteor ability during battle. It unlocks at level 56.
Sage is a job unlocked after the the 4★ quest "Aptitude Exam: Dragoon and Sage". The Sage uses high and ultimate magic to deal massive damage to foes.
A card of Wol as a Sage appears.
The Sage job appears with Thunder-, Fire-, Water-, and Ice-elemental cards.
Sage from Final Fantasy III has a Triple Triad card in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit
The Sage appears on an ultimate card.
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