Dark Lich

Dark Lich

Dark Lich is Thanatos' "true" form and the second-to-last boss in Secret of Mana. He is the spirit of an ancient sorcerer, who sold his soul to Mavolia in exchange for power and immortality. He needs to incarnate himself into mortal vessels to sustain himself, but his evil might is too much for normal vessels to bear.

He is based on the recurring Lich enemy, and returns in Seiken Densetsu 3 as the true, demonic form of the Masked Mage. However, whether it is the same character is not explained, but logical think he is it: he need a body, which he have stolen, to live, like as in Secret of Mana.

First time he is seen in Dawn of Mana as Masked Guru Grantz. Here he is the Mainantagonist, which make the Mana-Maid Anise bad. Thanks Grantz/Dark Lich Anise became to the Medusa, a demonic Lady.


  • Location: Mana Fortress
  • HP: 6666/6667 (PAL versions)
  • MP: 99
  • EXP: None
  • GP: None
  • Weakness: Lumina
  • Weapon Orb: None, however, allows access to Mana Magic


Dark Lich (remake)

The Dark Lich in the remake

Characters should be at least level 70 or higher. Lumina, Dryad and Undine should be level 8, if nothing else. He has a variety of attacks as well as a heap load of spells to throw at you. He can cause the frozen, blazing, poison, petrified, unconscious, confuse, shrunk and Moogle status effects, so cure often.

When Dark Lich's full body is out, you can attack him physically in the chest - when only his hands and head phase out of the ground, look out for his Hand Crush move, that knocks out a character at contact and can kill them in few seconds. He uses Dark Force, Evil Gate, Thunderbolt, Freeze, Energy Absorb and Earthslide at level 8, and casts them often, so beware. Dark Force would be his most dangerous spell due to doing the most damage.

Popoi can use any elemental spell he wants (except for Shade), Purim's Lucent Beam spell is your primary choice of weapon here. Have her repeatedly cast Lucent Beam (along with Popoi's Burst spell, if you want) to cause major damage. Randi should use full level 8 power attacks on the boss. Keep attacking and eventually you will defeat him without major trouble. Do not attack him with Shadow, lest you heal him. If he uses Hand Crush, he becomes immune to weapons, but can be harmed by spells when his head pops out. (In the remake, Hand Crush is far less lethal, and you can strike with weapons when his head pops out.)