Black Mage

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Black Mage wearing Artifact Armor
In days long past, there existed an evil clan and arcane art known as black magic—a potent magic of pure destructive force born forth by a sorceress of unparalleled power. Those who learned to wield this instrument of ruin came to be called black mages, out of both fear and respect for their gift. Yet great power served to corrupt the judgment of mortal man, and so he unknowingly set out upon the path of ruin.
Adventurers who take the black will become agents of devastation, capable of annihilating those who oppose them through little more than the force of their will.
—Game Description
Black Mage wearing Artifact Armor
Black Mage Concept Art

Black Mage is a job that specializes in devastate their enemies through the use of black magic. Black Mage evolves from the class thaumaturge. Using staves and scepters, Black Mages are ranged damage dealers with powerful AoE spells and crowd controls. They have all the abilities and traits of Thaumaturges. They can also use all the cross-class abilities of arcanist and archer. The most important stat for the black mage is intelligence, which increases attack magic potency. The level of your Black Mage is equivalent to that of your Thaumaturge.




Black Mages use all the Thaumaturge Actions in addition to having their own unique actions for their Job:

Action Icon Level MP Cost Cast Time Cooldown Range Radius Description
Convert Convert.png 30 0 Instant 180s 0y 0y Sacrifices 20% of maximum HP to restore 30% of MP.
Cannot be executed when current HP is lower than 20%.
Freeze Freeze.png 35 532 3.5s 2.5s 25y 5y Covers a designated area in ice, dealing ice damage with a potency of 100 and binding enemies that enter for 15s.
Additional Effect: Grants Umbral Ice for 10s or removes Astral Fire.
Apocatastasis Apocatastasis.png 40 0 Instant 180s 30y 0y Reduces a party member's magic vulnerability by 20% for 12s.
Cannot be reused on an individual for 60s from when the effect wears off.
Cannot be cast on self.
Manawall Manawall.png 45 0 Instant 120s 0y 0y Creates a barrier that nullifies two physical attacks for 20s.
Flare Flare.png 50 100% MP* 4s 2.5s 25y 9y Deals fire damage with a potency of 260 to a target and enemies near it.
Additional Effect: Grants Astral Fire III for 10s or removes Umbral Ice.
*It is not said in tooltip but to cast the spell minimum of 266 MP required.

Cross Class Actions

Arcanist Archer
Action Icon Level Action Icon Level
Ruin Ruin.png 1 Raging Strikes Raging strikes.png 4
Physick Physick.png 4 Hawk's Eye Hawks eye.png 26
Virus Virus.png 12 Quelling Strikes Quelling strikes.png 34
Eye for an Eye Eye for an eye.png 34

Cross-Discipline Actions

Botanist Miner
Action Icon Level Action Icon Level
Triangulate Triangulate.png 1 Prospect Prospect1.png 1
Arbor Call Arbor call.png 3 Lay of the Land Lay of the land.png 3
Arbor Call II Arbor call ii.png 6 Lay of the Land II Lay of the land ii.png 6
Truth of Forests Truth of forests.png 46 Truth of Mountains Truth of Mountains.jpg 46

PvP Actions

Action Icon Description Upgrade 1 Upgrade 2 Upgrade 3
Night Wing Night wing icon1.png Puts target and enemies near it to sleep for 10s. Enhanced Night Wing: Shortens recast time to 180 seconds. Enhanced Night Wing II: Extends duration to 15 seconds.
Phantom Dart Phantom dart icon1.png Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 150.
Additional Effect: Reduces target's elemental resistances by 10% for 15s.
Enhanced Phantom Dart: Shortens recast time to 60 seconds. Enhanced Phantom Dart II: Increases potency to 180. Enhanced Phantom Dart III: Extends duration to 20 seconds.
Aetheric Burst Aetheric blast icon1.png Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 170 to all nearby enemies.
Additional Effect: Decreases skill speed of target by 30% for 10s.
Enhanced Aetheric Burst: Shortens recast time to 150 seconds. Enhanced Aetheric Burst II: Extends duration to 15 seconds. Enhanced Aetheric Burst III: Increases skill speed reduction to 50%.
Equanimity Equanimity icon1.png Allows casting without interruption by attacks for 10s. Enhanced Equanimity: Shortens recast time to 180 seconds. Enhanced Equanimity II: Extends duration to 15 seconds.
Mana Draw Mana draw icon1.png Restores 30% of maximum MP. Enhanced Mana Draw: Shortens recast time to 180 seconds. Enhanced Mana Draw II: Increases MP recovery to 50%.
Purify Purify icon1.png Removes all detrimental effects from self or ally. Can be used regardless of status affliction. Enhanced Purify: Shortens recast time to 150 seconds.


Quest Level NPC Zone Coordinates EXP Reward
Taking the Black 30 Yayake Ul'dah - Steps of Nald (x7,y12) 7410 Soul of the black mage icon1.png, Convert icon1.png
You'll Never Go Back 35 Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x12,y13) 9020 Freeze icon1.png
International Relations 40 Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x12,y13) 11270 Apocatastasis icon1.png
The Voidgate Breathes Gloomy 45 Kazagg Chah Eastern Thanalan (x28,y21) 12420 Manawall icon1.png
The Blood Must Flow 45 Kazagg Chah Eastern Thanalan (x28,y21) 12420 Wizards gloves icon1.png, Wizards tonban icon1.png, Wizards crakows icon1.png, Wizards petasos icon1.png
Always Bet on Black 50 Kazagg Chah Eastern Thanalan (x28,y21) 0 Wizards coat icon1.png, Flare icon1.png
A Relic Reborn (Stardust Rod) 50 Gerolt North Shroud (x30,y20) 0 Stardust rod icon1.png

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