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Instantly kills all foes.
Scourge (クラウダ, Kurauda?), also known as Bane, Poison, or Blight, is a recurring ability in the Final Fantasy series. Its effects vary depending on the game, but it is usually a Black Magic spell and associated with the Poison element.
Scourge (BANE in the NES release and Poison in the Final Fantasy Origins release) is a level 5 Black Magic spell which attempts to inflict Instant Death on all enemies, but it has a rather low success rate. Scourge can be cast by Dark Wizard and Tiamat.
Deals poison damage.
Scourge (Poison in the Origins release) is a Black Magic spell that inflicts Poison-elemental damage to one or all enemies. The amount of damage inflicted increases depending on the spell's level. It is a particularly useful spell against enemies which are Lightning-based, as they are weak against the Poison element. As with all spells, any character can learn Scourge by having them use the Scourge Tome (called the Poison Scroll in the Origins release).
|Effect||Allows the target to learn Scourge when used outside of battle. Casts Scourge VIII when used in battle.|
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Scourge is Black Magick 6 License that costs 50 LP, and consumes 48 MP. It causes HP damage to all enemies in range and inflicts the status Sap. The spell has the maximum effect capacity, which means no other spell or Technick can be performed simultaneously. It is bought at Balfonheim Port for 11,200 gil. Scourge is essentially an upgrade of the Bio spell.
In the Zodiac versions, Scourge has been listed as a Black Magick 12 License and costs 120 LP. While its effects and MP cost are unchanged, it now costs 8,500 gil and can be bought at Barheim Passage.
Blight appears as an enemy ability used by Nabriales. When used, the ability inflicts the Blight damage over time effect and increases the damage taken from other enemy attacks for a period of 15 seconds. The effect of Blight can be extended to a 150 seconds if the player is not careful and gets absorbed into Nabriales aetherial space during the final phase of the fight against him. The ability's name in the Japanese version is the traditional "Clouda" spell, however it was renamed to Blight in reference to the Scion Cúchulainn, who opposes Nabriales, the Majestic in Final Fantasy XII. Scourge also appeared as a Dark Knight weaponskill in Heavensward, inflicting a powerful damage over time effect to a single enemy. This skill was removed in the second expansion, Stormblood.
Kurauda takes its name and design from the Dungeons & Dragons spell Cloudkill, which has been in the game since the first edition; Cloudkill occupies the same spell level which Scourge/Kurauda does in the magic system of the original Final Fantasy. Its design was substantially changed from Final Fantasy II onward as the series moved away from directly Dungeons & Dragons inspired design.