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Crimson Echoes:Magus

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This page contains in-universe or out-of-universe information within the pseudo-canon of Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes.
Official artwork of Magus by Akira Toriyama.
Home Time 12000 BC
Home Area North Cape
Age Unknown, possibly early 30s to later 30s (Magus)
Around 10 (Janus)
Weapon Type Scythe
Magic Element Shadow
Family Queen Zeal (mother)
Schala (sister)
King Zeal (father)
Gender Male
Friends / Colleagues Dalton (hates)
Glenn (hates)

Magus (魔王 Maō?, "Maoh" in the Japanese version, literally "demon king") is the dark wizard and the young prince of Zeal in Antiquity (12,000 BC). He is portrayed as brooding, potent, and gloomy and does not seem to ever give up. His real name is Janus as revealed in the original Chrono Trigger and has a purple pet cat named, Alfador.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

With pallid skin and long, silver-blue hair, Magus wears a cape of deep crimson and magenta slacks. He also wears gloves and boots of what appears to be leather. As well, he wears chest and groin coverings of the same material and color. A blue sash is worn about his waist. Typical of the citizens of Zeal, he has elvish ears.

Biography[edit | edit source]

After the defeat of Lavos, Magus still engages in his never ending search for Schala. From First Village, Magus orchestrates his search while simultaneously assisting the citizens surviving the Fall of Zeal. Everyone in this era is aware of his identity as Prince Janus of Zeal.

The village Elder expresses that Zeal technology, a healing pad, was located by a man south of First Village in the newly inhabited Mist Village, but the man is reluctant to share. Using his prowess, he convinces the man to share the healing pad with the sick villagers. When he returns to share the news with the Elder, the Elder begins to tell him people wearing clothes of the Enlightened Ones were seen south of the village. Before the Elder finishes uttering the phrase, Dalton appears. Dalton, still convinced Magus is the Prophet, threatens to harm the villagers if the location of the Zeal healing pad is not revealed. Magus catches his bluff, but a nearby woman reveals the details to protect her child from witnessing violence. Dalton leaves and Magus follows him to the Cave. There, Magus battles his way through Dalton's goons to confront the Once-King.

Upon arriving, Dalton lays him down easily and imprisons him in a magical barrier. He sleeps until awoken by a mysterious force, assumed to be the astral voice of Schala. He travels to the remains of the Ocean Palace and rescues Crono and his friends from his father, King Zeal. Before battling his father, he demands Crono, Marle, and Lucca save Schala, who has been re-awoken by King Zeal, though she is in a fragile condition. Lucca waits for Magus while the others flee to Chronopolis and takes the Gate back with him. Once there, he shares a touching moment with his sister, who first mistakes him for the Prophet, but soon realizes he is Janus from his "aura". The two demand alone time and stay in Chronopolis with Belthasar while Crono investigates the disappearance of the Masamune.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Magus wields a scythe as a weapon. After the death of Lavos, Magus' magical strength has severely weakened, likely due to the absence of the Mammon Machine, and is now limited to Shadow spells.

Techs[edit | edit source]

Name MP Used TP Need Decription
Shadow Bolt 2 Initial Damage Enemy W/ Shadow
Steal 1 Initial Steals an item from an enemy
OmniShield 2 Initial Ups Mag and Phys Defense
Dark Bomb 5 400 Damage Enemies with Darkbomb
Double Tap* 4 Use Magic to Attack Enemy Twice
Dark Mist 8 Damage enemies w/Darkmist
Black Hole 15 Power of Life/Death
Dark Matter 20 Black magic damage
  • Note, due to a programming bug, equipping Cyan Cover on Magus will affect his Double Tap Tech and cause him to deal over 17,600 HPs. Use this cheat if you want to quickly beat hard enemies and boss fights like with King Zeal.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Magus Double Tap can do over 8800 damage twice totaling 17,600 HP if he equips Cyan Cover armor.
  • Magus is now the only one who can steal items from enemies instead of Ayla.