- 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 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.
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.
|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.|
|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.|
|Ragnarok||Classified as an uncategorized tome in Fates.|
|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|
|Commoner||Can only use spells half as many times as other classes can.|
|Enchantress||Requires DLC in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.|
|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.|
|Guru||Requires DLC in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.|
|Harrier||Requires DLC in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.|
|Illusory Hero||Robin only.|
|Noble||Can only use spells half as many times as other classes can.|
|Rigain||Requires DLC in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.|
|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|
Abbreviated to B. Magic in some menus.
Black magic. Written in hiragana as くろまほう in Gaiden.