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Scholars pore over the yellowed pages of ancient tomes in search of the lore that is their power. Whole armies have fallen before their might.

The Scholar is a job in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift, exclusive to nu mou. They use books as weapons and their skills use the knowledge contained in these books for various effects. They are more of a situational job due to the fact that their damage-dealing skills (which have the same power as Illusions) don't discriminate between friend or foe.

However, if the party is set up with element-absorbing equipment, the Scholar can provide healing along with damage to foes. A potent strategy involves two Scholars with Absorb MP and a half-damage resistance to one of the Scholars' tomes (so Absorb MP will activate, but to minimize damage). When one Scholar casts a spell, the other will gain the MP used, allowing healing and damage on every turn. A Seer with Illusion, Turbo MP, and Recharge can be used as a substitute due to their naturally high resistance, meaning they take minimal damage from spells such as "Rime Bolt Tome" with the White Robe equipped.

Their Study skill allows for easier loot theft, and their Natural Selection attack can be useful depending on how many of a race is on either side; if against Clans like the Bangaa Brotherhood and Nu Mou Nobles, Natural Selection can be a very effective weapon. However, using it on nu mou damages the caster. In contrast to most other incarnations of the Scholar, Scholars are akin to Sages. They are able to move four tiles (without external aid) granting them better mobility, and have decent physical stats—though their attack is somewhat handicapped due to the books they wield being weak melee weapons, as well as the lack of physical skills available. A unique trait that is exclusive only to the Scholar is the option of dealing dark magical damage to all units on the map.

Scholars that stand out in the game are Narph, Mauri in the seal quests, and Mack Ocktor at some points in the game.


  • To Unlock: Complete "Treasured Tomes"
  • To Use: Master 1 Sage A-Ability and 1 Time Mage A-Ability


Weapons Head Body Equip Shields?
Books Hats Light Armor No

Move Jump Evasion Unarmed
Attack Raise
Resilience HP MP Atk Def Mgk Res Spd
4 3 0 15 40 C F B E E E 58%



SCHOLARS find their power in the study of ancient texts.

Skill Source Equipment Effect Range AP To Master MP Use
Study Battle Folio Shows treasure, items, and gil of a unit. 4 150
Natural Selection Enavia Chronicles Deals neutral damage to all units of a race of choice. All units 300 18
Earth Dragon Tome Mage Manual Deals earth damage to all units. All units 300 28
Rime Bolt Tome Urutan Annals Deals ice damage to all units. All units 300 28
Thunder Flare Tome The Arnath Glyphs Deals thunder damage to all units. All units 300 28
Shadow Shade Tome Veil of Wiyu Deals dark damage to all units. All units 300 28
Force Tome of Ending Raises 'Resilience' (resistance vs. bad status) in an area. 4 200 6
Mad Scientist Edaroya Scriptures Grants a random buff to one target. 4 350 18


Skill Source Equipment Effect AP To Master
Spellbound Tiara Buffs and debuffs last longer on the unit. 150