Black Mage

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Introduction

In days long past, there existed an occult 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.

FinalFantasyXIV.com Black Mage

Black Mage frame icon.png Black Mage is a job unlockable at level 30 as an upgrade from the thaumaturge class and is one of three non-limited magical ranged DPS jobs.

General information

Guild

The Thaumaturges' Guild is in Ul'dah - Steps of Nald. Thaumaturges must specialize into black mage once they reach level 30, and complete the quests Main Scenario QuestSylph-management and Feature QuestFacing Your Demons. The job trainer is Lalai, who is normally located in Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (12.9, 13.5).

Equipment

The black mage is a disciple of magic and wears armor "of Casting." They use staves as weapons. The following crafting classes can create items that are useful to the black mage:

Quests

Quest Type Level Quest Giver Unlocks Rewards
Taking the Black Job quest 30 Yayake Black Mage
Manafont.png  Manafont
1 Soul of the black mage icon1.png  Soul of the Black Mage
You'll Never Go Back Job quest 35 Lalai Blizzard III.png  Blizzard III
International Relations Job quest 40 Lalai Freeze.png  Freeze
The Voidgate Breathes Gloomy Job quest 45 Kazagg Chah Thunder III.png  Thunder III
Thunder Mastery.png  Thunder Mastery
The Blood Must Flow Job quest 45 Kazagg Chah 1 Wizards petasos icon1.png  Wizard's Petasos
1 Wizards gloves icon1.png  Wizard's Gloves
1 Wizards tonban icon1.png  Wizard's Tonban
1 Wizards crakows icon1.png  Wizard's Crakows
Always Bet on Black Job quest 50 Kazagg Chah Flare.png  Flare
Back in black i icon1.png  Back in Black I
1 Wizards coat icon1.png  Wizard's Coat
1 Sorcerers attire coffer (il 90) icon1.png  Sorcerer's Attire Coffer (IL 90)
Black Books Job quest 50 Lalai
An Unexpected Journey Job quest 52 Lalai Ley Lines.png  Ley Lines
A Cunning Plan Job quest 54 Lalai Sharpcast.png  Sharpcast
Black Squawk Down Job quest 56 Lalai Enochian.png  Enochian
Destruction in the Name of Justice Job quest 58 Lalai Blizzard IV.png  Blizzard IV
The Defiant Ones Job quest 60 Lalai Fire IV.png  Fire IV
Back in black ii icon1.png  Back in Black II
1 Goetia attire coffer (il 210) icon1.png  Goetia Attire Coffer (IL 210)
Shades of Shatotto Job quest 60 Lalai
Golems Gone Wild Job quest 63 Lalai
When the Golems Get Tough Job quest 65 Lalai
Unnatural Selection Job quest 68 Lalai
One Golem to Rule Them All Job quest 70 Lalai Foul.png  Foul
Enhanced Enochian.png  Enhanced Enochian
Back in black iii icon1.png  Back in Black III
1 Seventh hell attire coffer (il 290) icon1.png  Seventh Hell Attire Coffer (IL 290)
A Home for a Tome Sidequest 80 Lalai Back in black iv icon1.png  Back in Black IV 1 Heavens eye materia vii icon1.png  Heavens' Eye Materia VII
1 Savage aim materia vii icon1.png  Savage Aim Materia VII
1 Savage might materia vii icon1.png  Savage Might Materia VII

Actions

PvE actions

Action Acquired Quest requirement Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
Blizzard.png  Blizzard Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 1 Spell 400 2.5s 2.5s Deals ice damage with a potency of 180.
Fire.png  Fire Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 2 Spell 800 2.5s 2.5s Deals fire damage with a potency of 180.
Transpose.png  Transpose Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 4 Ability Instant 5s Swaps Astral Fire with a single Umbral Ice or Umbral Ice with a single Astral Fire.
Thunder.png  Thunder Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 6 Spell 200 2.5s 2.5s Deals lightning damage with a potency of 30.
Blizzard II.png  Blizzard II Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 12 Spell 800 3s 2.5s Deals ice damage with a potency of 100 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Scathe.png  Scathe Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 1Quest: The Threat of Superiority 15 Spell 800 Instant 2.5s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Fire II.png  Fire II Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 18 Spell 1,500 3s 2.5s Deals fire damage with a potency of 100 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Thunder II.png  Thunder II Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 26 Spell 400 2.5s 2.5s Deals lightning damage with a potency of 50 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Manaward.png  Manaward Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 1Quest: Facing Your Demons 30 Ability Instant 120s Creates a barrier that nullifies damage totaling up to 30% of maximum HP.
Manafont.png  Manafont Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 1Quest: Taking the Black 30 Ability Instant 120s Restore 30% of maximum MP.
Fire III.png  Fire III Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 35 Spell 2,000 3.5s 2.5s Deals fire damage with a potency of 260.
Blizzard III.png  Blizzard III Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 1Quest: You'll Never Go Back 35 Spell 800 3.5s 2.5s Deals ice damage with a potency of 260.
Freeze.png  Freeze Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 1Quest: International Relations 40 Spell 1,000 2.8s 2.5s Deals ice damage with a potency of 120 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Thunder III.png  Thunder III Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 1Quest: The Voidgate Breathes Gloomy 45 Spell 400 2.5s 2.5s Deals lightning damage with a potency of 50.
Aetherial Manipulation.png  Aetherial Manipulation Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 50 Ability Instant 10s Rush to a target party member's side.
Unable to cast if bound.
Flare.png  Flare Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 1Quest: Always Bet on Black 50 Spell 10,000 4s 2.5s Deals fire damage to a target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 220 for the first enemy, and 40% less for all remaining enemies.
Ley Lines.png  Ley Lines Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 1Quest: An Unexpected Journey 52 Ability Instant 120s Connects naturally occurring ley lines to create a circle of power which, while standing within it, reduces spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 15%.
Sharpcast.png  Sharpcast Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 1Quest: A Cunning Plan 54 Ability Instant 30s Ensures the next Scathe, Fire, Paradox, or Thunder spell cast will, for the first hit, trigger Scathe's additional effect, Firestarter, or Thundercloud.
Blizzard IV.png  Blizzard IV Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 1Quest: Destruction in the Name of Justice 58 Spell 800 2.5s 2.5s Deals ice damage with a potency of 310.
Fire IV.png  Fire IV Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 1Quest: The Defiant Ones 60 Spell 800 2.8s 2.5s Deals fire damage with a potency of 310.
Between the Lines.png  Between the Lines Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 62 Ability Instant 3s Move instantly to Ley Lines drawn by you.
Cannot be executed while bound.
Thunder IV.png  Thunder IV Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 64 Spell 800 2.5s 2.5s Deals lightning damage with a potency of 50 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Triplecast.png  Triplecast Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 66 Ability Instant 60s The next three spells will require no cast time.
Foul.png  Foul Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 1Quest: One Golem to Rule Them All 70 Spell Instant 2.5s Deals unaspected damage to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 600 for the first enemy, and 60% less for all remaining enemies.
Despair.png  Despair Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 72 Spell All 3s 2.5s Deals fire damage with a potency of 340.
Umbral Soul.png  Umbral Soul Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 76 Spell Instant 2.5s Grants Umbral Ice and 1 Umbral Heart.
Xenoglossy.png  Xenoglossy Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 80 Spell Instant 2.5s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 800.
High Fire II.png  High Fire II Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 82 Spell 1,500 3s 2.5s Deals fire damage with a potency of 140 to target and all enemies nearby it.
High Blizzard II.png  High Blizzard II Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 82 Spell 800 3s 2.5s Deals ice damage with a potency of 140 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Amplifier.png  Amplifier Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 86 Ability Instant 120s Grants Polyglot.
Paradox.png  Paradox Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 90 Spell 1,600 2.5s 2.5s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 500.

PvP actions

Action Acquired Quest requirement Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
Fire (PvP).png  Fire (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 30 Spell 1.44s 2.4s Deals fire damage with a potency of 4,000.
Blizzard (PvP).png  Blizzard (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 30 Spell 1.44s 2.4s Deals ice damage with a potency of 4,000.
Burst (PvP).png  Burst (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 30 Spell 1.92s 20s Deals lightning damage to all nearby enemies with a potency of 12,000.
Paradox (PvP).png  Paradox (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 30 Spell Instant 15s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 8,000.
Night Wing (PvP).png  Night Wing (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 30 Ability Instant 30s Afflicts target and all enemies nearby it with Half-asleep.
Aetherial Manipulation (PvP).png  Aetherial Manipulation (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 30 Ability Instant 10s Rush to a targeted enemy's or party member's location.
Superflare (PvP).png  Superflare (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 30 Ability Instant 15s Deals damage to nearby enemies with a potency of 3,000 up to a maximum of 9,000 for every stack of Astral Warmth or Umbral Freeze they have accumulated.
Fire IV (PvP).png  Fire IV (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 30 Spell 1.44s 2.4s Deals fire damage with a potency of 6,000.
Flare (PvP).png  Flare (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 30 Spell 1.44s 2.4s Deals fire damage with a potency of 12,000 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Blizzard IV (PvP).png  Blizzard IV (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 30 Spell 1.44s 2.4s Deals ice damage with a potency of 6,000.
Freeze (PvP).png  Freeze (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 30 Spell 1.44s 2.4s Deals ice damage with a potency of 12,000 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Foul (PvP).png  Foul (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 30 Spell Instant 2.4s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 16,000 to target and all enemies nearby it.

Common actions (PvP)

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
Standard-issue Elixir (PvP).png  Standard-issue Elixir (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability 4.5s 5s Restores your HP and MP to maximum. Casting will be interrupted when damage is taken.
Recuperate (PvP).png  Recuperate (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability 2,500 Instant 1s Restores own HP.
Purify (PvP).png  Purify (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability Instant 30s Removes Stun, Heavy, Bind, Silence, Half-asleep, Sleep, and Deep Freeze.
Guard (PvP).png  Guard (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability Instant 30s Reduces damage taken by 90% and grants immunity to Stun, Heavy, Bind, Silence, Half-asleep, Sleep, Deep Freeze, and knockback and draw-in effects.
Sprint (PvP).png  Sprint (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability Instant 1.5s Increases movement speed. Effect ends upon reuse or execution of another action.

Limit Break (PvP)

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
Soul Resonance (PvP).png  Soul Resonance (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 30 Limit Break Instant 10s Grants 6 stacks of Soul Resonance, upgrading Fire to Flare and Blizzard to Freeze.

Magic Ranged DPS actions

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
Addle.png  Addle Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS 8 Ability Instant 90s Lowers target's physical damage dealt by 5% and magic damage dealt by 10%.
Sleep.png  Sleep Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS 10 Spell 800 2.5s 2.5s Puts target and all nearby enemies to sleep.
Lucid Dreaming.png  Lucid Dreaming Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS
Healer role.png Healer
14 Ability Instant 60s Gradually restores own MP.
Swiftcast.png  Swiftcast Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS
Healer role.png Healer
18 Ability Instant 60s Next spell is cast immediately.
Surecast.png  Surecast Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS
Healer role.png Healer
44 Ability Instant 120s Spells can be cast without interruption.

Traits

PvE traits

Trait Acquired Quest requirement Level Effect
Aspect Mastery.png  Aspect Mastery Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 1 Casting of certain fire and ice spells will grant a stack of Astral Fire and Umbral Ice respectively.
Maim and Mend.png  Maim and Mend Conjurer frame icon.png CNJ
Arcanist frame icon.png ACN
Red Mage frame icon.png RDM
Sage frame icon.png SGE
Astrologian frame icon.png AST
Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM
20 Increases base action damage and HP restoration by 10%.
Aspect Mastery II.png  Aspect Mastery II Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 20 Allows the stacking of a second Astral Fire and Umbral Ice.
Thundercloud.png  Thundercloud Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 28 Grants a 10% chance that after each damage over time tick inflicted by Thunder or Thunder III (3% for Thunder II or Thunder IV), the next Thunder, Thunder II, Thunder III, or Thunder IV will add its full damage over time amount to its initial damage, have no cast time, and cost no MP.
Aspect Mastery III.png  Aspect Mastery III Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 35 Allows the stacking of a third Astral Fire and Umbral Ice.
Maim and Mend II.png  Maim and Mend II Conjurer frame icon.png CNJ
Arcanist frame icon.png ACN
Red Mage frame icon.png RDM
Sage frame icon.png SGE
Astrologian frame icon.png AST
Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM
40 Increases base action damage and HP restoration by 30%.
Firestarter.png  Firestarter Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 42 Grants a 40% chance that after casting Fire, your next Fire III will require no MP and have no casting time.
Thunder Mastery.png  Thunder Mastery Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 1Quest: The Voidgate Breathes Gloomy 45 Upgrades Thunder to Thunder III.
Enochian.png  Enochian Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 1Quest: Black Squawk Down 56 Increases damage dealt by 5% while under the effect of Astral Fire or Umbral Ice.
Enhanced Freeze.png  Enhanced Freeze Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 58 Grants 3 Umbral Hearts upon casting Freeze.
Thunder Mastery II.png  Thunder Mastery II Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 64 Upgrades Thunder II to Thunder IV.
Enhanced Enochian.png  Enhanced Enochian Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 1Quest: One Golem to Rule Them All 70 Grants the effect of Polyglot upon maintaining Enochian for 30 seconds. Also improves Enochian's magic damage increase to 10%.
Enhanced Sharpcast.png  Enhanced Sharpcast Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 74 Reduces Sharpcast recast timer to 30 seconds.
Enhanced Enochian II.png  Enhanced Enochian II Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 78 Improves Enochian's magic damage increase to 15%.
Enhanced Polyglot.png  Enhanced Polyglot Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 80 Allows the stacking of a second Polyglot.
Enhanced Foul.png  Enhanced Foul Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 80 Allows for the immediate casting of Foul.
Aspect Mastery IV.png  Aspect Mastery IV Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 82 Upgrades Fire II and Blizzard II to High Fire II and High Blizzard II.
Enhanced Manafont.png  Enhanced Manafont Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 84 Reduces Manafont recast time to 120 seconds.
Enhanced Enochian III.png  Enhanced Enochian III Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 86 Improves Enochian's magic damage increase to 21%.
Enhanced Sharpcast II.png  Enhanced Sharpcast II Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 88 Allows the accumulation of charges for consecutive uses of Sharpcast.
Aspect Mastery V.png  Aspect Mastery V Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 90 Adds a Paradox marker to your Elemental Gauge.

Job mechanics

The Elemental Gauge indicates whether you are under the effect of Astral Fire or Umbral Ice, and the duration of their effects. Casting Fire spells grants Astral Fire, which increases the power of Fire spells in exchange for their increased MP cost. Casting Ice spells grants Umbral Ice, which decreases the MP cost of Ice spells and greatly increases the speed with which MP is recovered. If maximum stacks are accumulated for either Astral Fire or Umbral Ice, there will be no MP cost for spells of the opposite element.

Elemental gauge pve1.png

When you learn the trait Enochian, the lower-right corner of the Elemental Gauge will display its status. Enochian will be granted when you are under the effects of either Astral Fire or Umbral Ice, and it will increase the amount of magic damage you deal. The effect will disappear when Astral Fire/Umbral Ice has finished.

Elemental gauge pve2.png

Casting Blizzard IV grants three Umbral Hearts which are represented by arrows in the Elemental Gauge's lower-left corner. An Umbral Heart is consumed each time a Fire spell is cast, nullifying the MP cost increase applied by Astral Fire.

Elemental gauge pve3.png

Foul or Xenoglossy can be used every 30 seconds while Enochian is active. The duration of Enochian can be confirmed in the lower-right corner of the Elemental Gauge. When Foul or Xenoglossy are available, the Crystal Polyglot at the bottom of the gauge will light up.

Elemental gauge pve4.png

Upon learning the trait Enhanced Polyglot, you will be able to stack a second Polyglot.

Elemental gauge pve5.png

Upon learning the trait [[Aspect Mastery V, the paradox Gauge will be displayed. If your element switches to the opposite element when under the effects of either Astral Fire or Umbral Ice an in possession of the maximum number of Umbral Hearts, the left side of the Paradox Gauge will light up. You will then be able to use Paradox

Elemental gauge pve6.png

Simple Mode

Elemental gauge pve simple mode1.png Umbral Ice

Elemental gauge pve simple mode2.png Enochian

Elemental gauge pve simple mode3.png Umbral Hearts

Elemental gauge pve simple mode4.png Polyglot

Elemental gauge pve simple mode5.png Paradox

Gallery

Relic Weapons

See also

External links