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The Dark Druid (Japanese: 災いを招く者Basiliskglance) is an advanced, enemy-only magical class which appears only in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. This class is exclusive to Nergal, the game's main antagonist and final boss, and is a more powerful version of the Druid class available to the player. It has access to all four types of magic, but in gameplay exclusively uses dark magic.
The Dark Druid follows in a similar mold to the Druid itself, boasting fearsome raw magical power, HP, defense and resistance as well as good skill and speed. This class's high stats, combined with the raw power of Nergal's signature tome Ereshkigal, make Nergal a fearsome final boss. The class does have a unique weakness to the Aureola tome, which in the hands of a skilled Bishop is an effective way to fight Nergal.
Pent casts Mend after being turned into a Dark Druid through hacking, demonstrating the class's broken staff animation.
Dark Druids are able to use staves but do not have a correct battle animation for them, likely because there was never an anticipated need for Nergal to actually use a staff. When a Dark Druid attempts to use a staff through game modification, his usual standing battle sprite undergoes graphical glitches.
The Dark Druid can be seen as an evil counterpart to the Archsage class, belonging to Nergal's former friend Athos.
Nergal's stats are the same as the Dark Druid class's base stats, except for his luck, which is 20.
In the Japanese version, the Dark Druid shares its name with the title of Nergal's theme in the game's Sound Room. International versions still call the song "Calamity Bringer" even though the class's name was changed.
Etymology and other languages
Names, etymology and in other regions
Definition, etymology and notes
From druid, a type of Celtic priest prior to the rise of Christianity in the British Isles. "Dark" is added to indicate the class's superiority over regular Fire EmblemDruids.
Officially romanized as Basiliskglance; literally "calamity bringer". It is said that those who look into the eyes of a basilisk will die instantly.