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Black magic

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Not to be confused with dark magic.

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 tied to one's Reason skill level). It is comprised of these 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. Additionally, some offensive spells are considered to be white magic instead, such as Nosferatu and Seraphim.

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 FE17
Agnea's Arrow ? --
Apocalypse ? Unused in Shadows of Valentia. Classified as Dark in The Binding Blade.
Aura ? Classified as light or an uncategorized tome in other games, and white magic in Three Houses.
Blizzard ? Classified as wind or an uncategorized tome in other games.
Bolganone ? Classified as fire or an uncategorized tome in other games.
Bolting ? Siege tome. Classified as thunder or anima in other games.
Cutting Gale ? Classified as an uncategorized tome in other games.
Death ? Classified as dark in Three Houses.
Excalibur ? Classified as anima or an uncategorized tome in other games.
Fimbulvetr ? Classified as anima or an uncategorized tome in other games.
Fire Classified as anima, fire, or an uncategorized tome in other games.
Medusa ? --
Meteor ? Siege tome. Classified as fire or an uncategorized tome in other games.
Miasma ? Classified as dark in Three Houses.
Mire ? Categorized as a dark in Awakening and Three Houses.
Nosferatu ? HP drain; classified as light, dark, or an uncategorized tome in other games, and white magic in Three Houses.
Ocular Beam ? --
Oculus ? --
Ragnarok Classified as an uncategorized tome in Fates.
Sagittae ? --
Seraphim ? Effective against monsters. Classified as white magic in Three Houses.
Thoron ? Classified as thunder or an uncategorized tome in other games.
Thunder ? Longer range; classified as anima, thunder, or an uncategorized tome in other games.
Wind ? Classified as wind or an uncategorized tome in other games.
A means that the weapon is available in that game, while a 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 FE17
Arcanist ? --
Archbishop ? --
Bishop ? --
Cantor ? --
Cleric ? --
Commoner ? Can only use spells half as many times as other classes can.
Dark Bishop ? --
Dancer ? --
Dark Knight ? --
Dark Mage ? --
Death Knight ? --
Deimos ? --
Enchantress ? Requires DLC in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Enlightened One ? --
Exemplar ? Requires DLC in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Fell God ? Despite using black magic spells in Gaiden, it is not shown as being able to use magic on the status menu.
Gremory ? --
Guru ? Requires DLC in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Harrier ? Requires DLC in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Holy Knight ? --
Illusory Hero ? Robin only.
Mage ? --
Mortal Savant ? --
Noble ? Can only use spells half as many times as other classes can.
Sage ? --
Priest ? --
Priestess ? --
Princess ? --
Rigain ? Requires DLC in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Saint ? --
Vestal ? --
Warlock ? --
Witch ? --
Trickster ? Can only use spells half as many times as other classes can.
Requires DLC in Three Houses.
War Monk ? Can only use spells half as many times as other classes can.
Requires DLC in Three Houses.
War Cleric ? Can only use spells half as many times as other classes can.
Requires DLC in Three Houses.
Dark Flier ? Requires DLC in Three Houses.
Valkyrie ? Requires DLC in Three Houses.
A means that the class wields black magic in that game, while a indicates the contrary.

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. Written in hiragana as くろまほう in Gaiden.

Spanish

Magia negra

Black Magic

French

Magie noire

Black Magic

German

Schwarzmagie

Black Magic

Italian

Magia nera

Black Magic

Dutch

Zwarte magie

Black Magic

Korean

흑마법의

Black magic

Simplified Chinese

黑魔法

Black magic

Traditional Chinese

黑魔法

Black magic

Gallery

See also

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