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Black magic

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Reason redirects here. For the ability of the same name, see Reason (ability). Not to be confused with the dark magic from other games in the series.

Black magic (Japanese: 黒魔法 Black magic) is a weapon type in the Fire Emblem series appearing in Fire Emblem Gaiden, its remake Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses (where it is known as Reason magic). It is comprised of the games' offensive spells. Spells not exclusive to these games appear as other types of magic in other games in the series. Despite the name, two black magic spells appear in other games of the series as light magic tomes. Along with white magic, black magic makes up the broader magic weapon type in the original NES release, but it is split from it in the remake.

In Three Houses, black magic has a subcategory of dark magic.

Black magic in the Fire Emblem series

Note: This table lists all appearances of the weapons in question. They are only classified as black magic in Gaiden, Shadows of Valentia, and Three Houses; only their special properties relevant to their appearances as black magic are listed, and their classifications in other games are noted.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16
Agnea's Arrow X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Apocalypse X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Unused in Shadows of Valentia. Classified as Dark in The Binding Blade.
Aura Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Classified as light or an uncategorized tome in other games, and white magic in Three Houses.
Blizzard Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Classified as wind or an uncategorized tome in other games.
Bolganone Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Classified as fire or an uncategorized tome in other games.
Bolting X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Siege tome. Classified as thunder or anima in other games.
Cutting Gale X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Classified as an uncategorized tome in other games.
Death X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Classified as dark in Three Houses.
Excalibur Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Classified as anima or an uncategorized tome in other games.
Fimbulvetr X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Classified as anima or an uncategorized tome in other games.
Fire Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Classified as anima, fire, or an uncategorized tome in other games.
Medusa X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Meteor X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Siege tome. Classified as fire or an uncategorized tome in other games.
Miasma X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Classified as dark in Three Houses.
Mire X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Categorized as a dark in Awakening and Three Houses.
Nosferatu X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png HP drain; classified as light, dark, or an uncategorized tome in other games, and white magic in Three Houses.
Ocular Beam X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Oculus X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Ragnarok X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Classified as an uncategorized tome in Fates.
Sagittae X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Seraphim X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Effective against monsters. Classified as white magic in Three Houses.
Thoron Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Classified as thunder or an uncategorized tome in other games.
Thunder Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Longer range; classified as anima, thunder, or an uncategorized tome in other games.
Wind X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Classified as wind or an uncategorized tome in other games.
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Classes capable of using black magic

Class Wields black magic in: Notes:
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16
Arcanist X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Archbishop X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Bishop X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Cantor X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Cleric X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Commoner X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Can only use spells half as many times as other classes can.
Dark Bishop X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Dancer X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Dark Knight X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Dark Mage X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Death Knight X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Deimos X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Enchantress X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Requires DLC in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Enlightened One X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Exemplar X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Requires DLC in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Fell God X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Despite using black magic spells in Gaiden, it is not shown as being able to use magic on the status menu.
Gremory X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Guru X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Requires DLC in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Harrier X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Requires DLC in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Holy Knight X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Illusory Hero X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Robin only.
Mage X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Mortal Savant X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Noble X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Can only use spells half as many times as other classes can.
Sage X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Priest X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Priestess X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Princess X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Rigain X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Requires DLC in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Saint X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Vestal X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Warlock X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Witch X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
A Yes check.png means that the class wields black magic in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Trivia

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Black Magic Abbreviated to B. Magic in some menus.
Japanese 黒魔法 Black magic.
Spanish
(Latin America)
Magia negra Black Magic
French Magie noire Black Magic

Gallery

See also


Weapon types
Physical weapons AxeBow (Ballista)KnifeLanceSword
Magical weapons Anima (FireThunderWind)Black magicDarkLightStaffTome (Blue tomeGreen tomeRed tome)White magic
Other weapons BeastBreathStrikes and monster weaponsStone
Black magic
Basic spells Agnea's ArrowApocalypseAuraBolganoneBlizzardCutting GaleDeathExcaliburFimbulvetrFireGaiaMiasmaMireOcular BeamOculusRagnarokSagittaeWind
Long-ranged spells BoltingDeathOcular BeamMeteorMireSagittaeThoronThunderUpheaval
Spells with secondary effects ExcaliburMedusaNosferatuOculusSeraphim