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Dark Mage

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Dark Mage

FEMN Dark Mage.png
Artwork of the Dark Mage from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.

The Dark Mage shatters enemies with high physical defense using dark magic.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

The Dark Mage (Japanese: ダークマージ Dark Mage) is a magic-wielding class which debuted in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem. Throughout its appearances in the Fire Emblem series, it can be roughly divided into two incarnations; both share in common the ability to wield dark magic and similar tomes.

Its first incarnation is as an advanced class in Mystery of the Emblem, Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776. In these three games, the Dark Mage is primarily enemy-only, near-exclusively the domain of sinister enemy factions—Gharnef and his heretic bishop followers in Mystery of the Emblem, and the Loptyrians in the latter two. Between these three games it is playable exactly once, as the promoted class of Salem in Thracia 776. In addition to dark magic, in these games it can also wield staves and, in Thracia 776, the three types of anima magic.

The second version of the class is as a basic class, appearing in this capacity in Shadow Dragon and all subsequent games, acting as the successor of the role previously filled by the Shaman. Compared to their Mage counterparts, Dark Mages are slower, bulkier and more defensively oriented, though still possessing formidable offensive magical power; this difference is more pronounced in Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem, where the absence of distinct dark magic gives them little clear distinction from Mages. In Awakening, however, dark magic returns as a subcategory of tomes which are exclusive to the use of Dark Mages and Sorcerers.

In Mystery of the Emblem and Genealogy of the Holy War, the Dark Mage is enemy only and thus is not associated with class changes in either direction, although in the latter it does have a stronger cousin class, the Dark Bishop, also enemy-exclusive. In Thracia 776, the Dark Mage is an advanced class, as the promoted form of the Lopt Mage. From Shadow Dragon onwards, Dark Mages promote to Sorcerer; in addition, Awakening and Fates give them an alternative promotion option, the Dark Knight, which loses the ability to wield dark tomes in exchange for mobility and swords.

In Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem, no standard playable character joins as a Dark Mage, and the player's sole access to the class is through reclassing compatible units. Additionally, replacement units may initially be Dark Mages when they join.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Experience Weapon Level
Mystery of the Emblem 26 5 -- 1 3 0 8 8 6 -- -- 40 Tome/Staff: 6
Genealogy of the Holy War 40 0 10 8 8 0 7 10 5 -- -- -- SNESRankDark.png B SNESRankStaff.png B
Thracia 776 24 0 5 4 3 0 4 -- 5 6 -- -- SNESRankFire.png E SNESRankThunder.png E SNESRankWind.png E
SNESRankDark.png C SNESRankStaff.png C
Shadow Dragon 16 0 2 1 3 0 4 3 6 -- -- -- DSRankTome.png E
New Mystery of the Emblem 16 0 2 1 3 0 4 3 6 -- -- -- FE12RankTome.png E
Awakening 18 1 3 2 3 0 4 4 5 -- -- -- Tomes E
Fates 16 0 6 3 3 1 3 5 5 -- -- -- FE14RankTome.png E
Three Houses 25 4 10 7 6 8 3 5 4 -- -- -- --
Warriors
(Tharja)
62 3 9 4 7 4 6 10 5 -- -- -- FE14RankTome.png E

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Mystery of the Emblem 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Tome/Staff: 20
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 15 25 23 23 30 22 25 5 -- SNESRankDark.png B SNESRankStaff.png B*
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- 20 20 SNESRankFire.png A SNESRankThunder.png A SNESRankWind.png A
SNESRankDark.png A SNESRankStaff.png A
Shadow Dragon 60 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 32 -- DSRankTome.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 8 -- FE12RankTome.png A
Awakening 60 20 27 25 25 30 25 27 7 -- Tomes A
Fates 35 19 24 16 19 18 19 22 ?? -- FE14RankTome.png B
Warriors
(Tharja)
999 53 160 79 126 64 107 151 5 -- FE14RankTome.png S

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Constitution* Movement*
Mystery of the Emblem 40% 20% -- 30% 10% 0% 20% 40% -- -- --
Genealogy of the Holy War 100% 10% 30% 30% 30% 0% 10% 30% -- -- --
Thracia 776 30% 3% 20% 10% 10% 10% 5% -- -- -- --
Shadow Dragon 20/40% -15/0% 20/30% 20/30% 20/30% 0% -15/20% 20% -- -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 20/40% -15/0% 20/30% 20/30% 20/30% 0% -15/20% 20% -- -- --
Awakening 50/80% 5/0% 15/25% 15/20% 15/20% 0/20% 10/25% 10/25% -- -- --
Fates 0% 10% 20% 0% 10% 0% 5% 10% -- -- --
Three Houses 5/10% -5% 10% 5/0% 0% 0% -5/-10% 5/35% 0% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class modifiers

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Movement
Three Houses 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Awakening Hex Learned at Level 1.
Awakening Anathema Learned at Level 10.
Fates
Three Houses
Heartseeker Fates: Learned from Level 1 and up.
Three Houses: Innate.
Fates Malefic Aura Learned from Level 10 and up.
Three Houses Miasma Δ Innate.
Three Houses Poison Strike Class mastery.

Class change

Mystery of the Emblem

Base class
Bs fe03 enemy dark mage magic.png
Dark Mage


Genealogy of the Holy War

Base class
Bs fe04 enemy dark mage magic.png
Dark Mage


Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe05 salem lopt mage magic.png
Lopt Mage
Using a Knight Proof after reaching Level 10. Bs fe05 salem dark mage magic.png
Dark Mage

Shadow Dragon

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 playable dark mage magic.png
Dark Mage
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 playable sorcerer magic.png
Sorcerer

New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 playable dark mage magic.png
Dark Mage
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 playable sorcerer magic.png
Sorcerer

Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds01 dark mage playable.gif
Dark Mage
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds01 sorcerer playable.gif
Sorcerer
or
Ma 3ds01 dark knight playable.gif
Dark Knight
Promotion choice criteria: The player may freely choose.

Fates

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds02 dark mage playable.gif
Dark Mage
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds02 sorcerer playable.gif
Sorcerer
or
Ma 3ds02 dark knight playable.gif
Dark Knight
Promotion choice criteria: The player may freely choose.

Three Houses

Base class Certification requirements Intermediate class
Any class Level 10
Dark Seal
Reason C
Ma ns01 dark mage playable.gif
Dark Mage
This class is only available for male units.


Warriors

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Dark Mage
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 15.
Sorcerer

Playable Dark Mages

Playable Characters
Name Game
Tharja Awakening, Warriors
Henry Awakening
Deirdre Awakening
Salem Awakening
Micaiah Awakening (DLC version only)
Odin Fates: Conquest and Revelation
Nyx Fates: Conquest and Revelation
Ophelia Fates: Conquest and Revelation
Playable Dark Mage units in the Fire Emblem series.


Notable enemy Dark Mages

Enemy Units
Name Game
Gharnef Mystery of the Emblem (Book 2 only)
Sandima Genealogy of the Holy War
Chalard Awakening
Zola Fates: Birthright and Revelation
Hubert Three Houses Azure Moon Verdant Wind Silver Snow
Enemy Dark Mage units in the Fire Emblem series.


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Game Text
(English)
Text
(Japanese)
Shadow Dragon Sinister conjurers who wield dark tomes. Powerful against those with high defense. ??
Awakening A mage able to use dark tomes. High in Def and tough to kill. ??
Fates Nohrian. A wizard who practices the forbidden techniques of dark magic. ??
Three Houses The Dark Mage shatters enemies with high physical defense using dark magic. ??

Trivia

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Dark Mage
Japanese ダークマージ
暗黒魔道士
ダークメイジ
• Officially romanized as Dark Mage.
• Dark Mage; used in ending titles in Thracia 776.
• Dark Mage; used only in Three Houses.
Spanish Mago oscuro Dark mage
French Mage noir Black mage
German Dunkelmagier Dark mage
Italian Mago nero Black mage

Gallery

References

See also

Project Classes.png This article is part of Project Classes, a project focused in writing articles for every class present in the Fire Emblem series.
Classes in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
Base classes ArcherCavalierClericHunterKnight (armored)MageMercenaryPegasus Knight
Advanced classes BishopDracoknightGeneralHeroHorsemanPaladinSniper
Dragon classes Divine DragonEarth DragonFire DragonIce DragonMage DragonShadow DragonWyvern
Other classes BallisticianBarbarianBerserkerBrigandDancerDark MageEmperorFighterFreelancerKnight (dismounted)LordManaketePirateSoldierThief
Unused classes Dark KnightGuardianSea Dragon
Classes in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Base classes Arch KnightArmored AxeArmored SwordAxe KnightBardBow ArmorCavalierFighterFire MageFree KnightJunior LordKnightLance KnightMageMyrmidonPegasus KnightPriestPrincePrincessShamanTroubadourThiefThunder MageWind MageWyvern Rider
Advanced classes Bow KnightDuke KnightForrestGeneralGreat KnightHigh PriestKnight LordMage KnightMage FighterMaster KnightPaladinRangerSageSniperSwordmasterThief FighterWarriorWyvern Lord
Other classes BallistaBarbarianBaronBishopBrigandCivilianDancerDark BishopDark MageDark PrinceDragon RiderEmperorHunterIron BallistaKiller BallistaPirateQueen
Unused classes ArcherAxe SoldierGreat BallistaPegasus RiderSoldierSpear SoldierSword Soldier
Classes in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
Base classes Arch KnightArmored AxeArmored LanceArmored SwordAxe KnightBardBerserkerBishopBow ArmorBow FighterBrigandCavalierClericDragon RiderFighterFree KnightLance KnightLopt MageLordMageMyrmidonPegasus RiderPriestThiefTroubadour
Advanced classes Bow KnightDark MageDuke KnightGeneralGreat KnightHigh PriestMage KnightMercenaryPegasus KnightPrinceSageSniperRangerSwordmasterThief FighterWarriorWyvern Rider
Other classes ArcherBallistaBaronCivilianDancerDark BishopDark PrinceHunterIron BallistaPoison BallistaSoldierPirate
Unused classes EmperorFalcon KnightForrestJunior LordKiller BallistaKnight LordMaster KnightWyvern Lord
Classes in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Base classes ArcherCavalierClericCurateDark MageFighterHunterKnightMageMercenaryMyrmidonPegasus KnightPirate
Advanced classes BerserkerBishopDracoknightGeneralHeroHorsemanPaladinSniperSorcererSwordmasterWarrior
Other classes BallisticianEarth DragonFreelancerLordManaketeSoldierThief
Classes in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
Base classes ArcherBarbarianCavalierClericCurateDark MageFighterHunterKnightMageMercenaryMyrmidonPegasus KnightPirate
Advanced classes BerserkerBishopDracoknightGeneralHeroHorsemanPaladinSniperSorcererSwordmasterWarrior
Dragon classes Divine DragonEarth DragonFire DragonIce DragonMage DragonShadow DragonWyvern
Other classes BallisticianDancerEmperorFreelancerLordManaketeSoldierThief
Classes in Fire Emblem Awakening
Base classes ArcherBarbarianCavalierClericDark MageFighterKnightLordMageMercenaryMyrmidonPegasus KnightPriestTacticianThiefTroubadourWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AssassinBerserkerBow KnightDark FlierDark KnightFalcon KnightGeneralGrandmasterGreat KnightGreat LordGriffon RiderHeroPaladinSageSniperSorcererSwordmasterTricksterValkyrieWar ClericWar MonkWarriorWyvern Lord
Other classes BrideConquerorDancerDread FighterGrimaLodestarManaketeMerchantMirageOutrealm ClassRevenantSoldierTaguelVillager
Classes in Fire Emblem Fates
Base classes ApothecaryArcherCavalierDark MageDivinerFighterKitsuneKnightMercenaryMonkNinjaNohr PrinceNohr PrincessOni SavageOutlawSamuraiShrine MaidenSky KnightSpear FighterTroubadourVillagerWolfskinWolfssegnerWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AdventurerBerserkerBasaraBlacksmithBow KnightButlerDark KnightFalcon KnightGeneralGreat KnightGreat MasterHeroHoshido NobleKinshi KnightMaidMalig KnightMaster NinjaMaster of ArmsMechanistMerchantNine-TailsNohr NobleOni ChieftainOnmyojiPaladinPriestessSilent DragonSniperSorcererSpear MasterStrategistSwordmasterWyvern Lord
Non-human classes Astral DragonAutomatonBlight DragonFacelessFeral DragonStoneborn
Other classes BallisticianClericDark FalconDread FighterEmpty VesselGreat LordLancerLodestarLordNohrian KingOutrealm ClassPegasus KnightSongstressVanguardWitch
Classes in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Unique classes Armored LordBarbarossaCommonerDancerEmperorEnlightened OneGreat LordHigh LordNobleWyvern Master
Beginner classes FighterMonkMyrmidonSoldier
Intermediate classes ArcherArmored KnightBrawlerBrigandCavalierDark MageLordMageMercenaryPegasus KnightPriestThief
Advanced classes AssassinBishopDark BishopFortress KnightGrapplerHeroPaladinSniperSwordmasterWarlockWarriorWyvern Rider
Master classes Bow KnightDark KnightFalcon KnightGreat KnightGremoryHoly KnightMortal SavantWar MasterWyvern Lord
Monster classes Altered Demonic BeastAltered GolemBlack BeastDemonic BeastExperimental Demonic BeastFlying Demonic BeastGiant BirdGiant CrawlerGiant Demonic BeastGiant WolfGolemLord of the DesertLord of the LakeTitanusWandering BeastWhite BeastWild Demonic Beast
Other classes AgastyaArchbishopDeath KnightFlame EmperorHegemon HuskKing of LiberationRuffianSaintThe Immaculate One