Black Mage

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Black Mage wearing Artifact Armor
Black Mage wearing Artifact Armor

Lore

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

General Information

Black Mage is a job that specializes in devastating 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. 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.

Requirements

Trainer Locations

NPC Location Description
Yayake Ul'dah - Steps of Nald (x7,y12) Job Start for ARR
Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x13,y14) Job Trainer for 30-40
Kazagg Chah Eastern Thanalan (x28,y21) Job Trainer for 41-50
Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x13,y14) Job Start for Heavensward
Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x13,y14) Job Trainer for 52-60
Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x12.9,y13.5) Job Start for Stormblood

Actions

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

Action Icon Level Type Cast Time Cooldown Range Radius Description Stormblood Adjustment
Blizzard Blizzard.png 1 spell 2.5s 2.5s 25y 0y Deals ice damage with a potency of 180.
Additional Effect: Grants Umbral Ice or removes Astral Fire
Duration: 13s
The additional effect "Heavy" has been removed.
Umbral Ice duration increased from 12 to 13 seconds.
Fire Fire.png 2 spell 2.5s 2.5s 25y 0y Deals fire damage with a potency of 180.
Additional Effect: Grants Astral Fire or removes Umbral Ice
Duration: 13s
Additional Effect: 40% chance next Fire III will cost no MP and have no casting time
Duration: 12s
Astral Fire duration increased from 12 seconds to 13 seconds.
Transpose Transpose.png 4 ability 0s 12s 0y 0y Swaps Astral Fire with a single Umbral Ice, or Umbral Ice with a single Astral Fire.
Thunder Thunder.png 6 spell 2.5s 2.5s 25y 0y Deals lightning damage with a potency of 30.
Additional Effect: Lightning damage over time
Potency: 40
Duration: 18s
Additional Effect: 10% chance after each tick that the next Thunder spell of any grade will add its full damage over time amount to its initial damage, have no cast time, and cost no MP
Duration: 12s
Only one Thunder spell-induced damage over time effect per caster can be inflicted upon a single target.
Sleep Sleep.png 10 spell 2.5s 2.5s 30y 5y Puts target to sleep.
Duration: 30s
Cancels auto-attack upon execution.
Blizzard II Blizzard II.png 12 spell 2s 2.5s 0y 5y Deals ice damage with a potency of 50 to all nearby enemies.
Additional Effect: Bind
Duration: 8s
Additional Effect: Grants Umbral Ice or removes Astral Fire
Duration: 13s
Action now exclusive to thaumaturge and black mage.
Umbral Ice duration increased from 12 seconds to 13 seconds.
Scathe Scathe.png 15 spell 0s 2.5s 25y 0y Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: 20% chance potency will double
Fire II Fire II.png 18 spell 3s 2.5s 25y 5y Deals fire damage with a potency of 80 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Additional Effect: Grants Astral Fire or removes Umbral Ice
Duration: 13s
Potency reduced from 100 to 80.
Astral Fire duration increased from 12 seconds to 13 seconds.
Thunder II Thunder II.png 26 spell 3s 2.5s 25y 5y Deals lightning damage with a potency of 30 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Additional Effect: Lightning damage over time
Potency: 30
Duration: 12s
Additional Effect: 3% chance after each tick that the next Thunder spell of any grade will add its full damage over time amount to its initial damage, have no cast time, and cost no MP
Duration: 12s
Only one Thunder spell-induced damage over time effect per caster can be inflicted upon a single target.
Now acquired at level 26 (previously level 22).
The effects of this ability have been completely revamped.
Manaward Manaward.png 30 ability 0s 120s 0y 0y Creates a barrier that nullifies damage totaling up to 30% of maximum HP.
Duration: 20s
The effect of Manaward now also includes physical damage.
Convert Convert.png 30 ability 0s 180s 0y 0y Sacrifices 20% of maximum HP to restore 30% of MP. Cannot be executed when current HP is lower than 20%.
Fire III Fire III.png 34 spell 3.5s 2.5s 25y 0y Deals fire damage with a potency of 240.
Additional Effect: Grants Astral Fire III and removes Umbral Ice
Duration: 13s
Astral Fire duration increased from 12 to 13 seconds.
Freeze Freeze.png 35 spell 3s 2.5s 25y 5y Covers a designated area in ice, dealing ice damage with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: Bind
Duration: 15s
Additional Effect: Grants Umbral Ice or removes Astral Fire
Duration: 13s
Blizzard III Blizzard III.png 40 spell 3.5s 2.5s 25y 0y Deals ice damage with a potency of 240.
Additional Effect: Grants Umbral Ice III and removes Astral Fire
Duration: 13s
Umbral Ice duration increased from 12 to 13 seconds.
Thunder III Thunder III.png 45 spell 2.5s 2.5s 25y 0y Deals lightning damage with a potency of 70.
Additional Effect: Lightning damage over time
Potency: 40
Duration: 24s
Additional Effect: 10% chance after each tick that the next Thunder spell of any grade will add its full damage over time amount to its initial damage, have no cast time, and cost no MP
Duration: 12s
Only one Thunder spell-induced damage over time effect per caster can be inflicted upon a single target.
Now acquired at level 45 (previously level 46).
Now a job quest reward.
Action now exclusive to black mage.
Cast time reduced from 3.5 to 2.5 seconds.
The name of the damage over time is effect has been changed to "Thunder III."
Aetherial Manipulation Aetherial Manipulation.png 50 ability 0s 30s 25y 0y Rush to a target party member's side.
Unable to cast if bound.
The character lock immediately after execution has been adjusted.
Flare Flare.png 50 spell 4s 2.5s 25y 5y Deals fire damage to a target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 260 for the first enemy, 15% less for the second, 30% less for the third, 45% less for the fouth, 60% less for the fifth, and 70% less for all remaining enemies.
Additional Effect: Grants Astral Fire III and removes Umbral Ice
Duration: 13s
Potency is now reduced by 15% for the second enemy, 30% for the third, 45% for the fourth, 60% for the fifth, and 70% less for all remaining enemies.
Astral Fire duration increased from 12 to 13 seconds.
Ley Lines Ley Lines.png 52 ability 0s 90s 0y 3y 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%.
Duration: 30s
Sharpcast Sharpcast.png 54 ability 0s 60s 0y 0y Ensures the next Scathe, Fire, or Thunder spell cast will, for the first hit, trigger Scathe's additional effect, Firestarter, or Thundercloud respectively.
Duration: 15s
Duration increased from 10 to 15 seconds.
Enochian Enochian.png 56 ability 0s 60s 0y 0y Increases magic damage dealt by 5%. Also allows the casting of Blizzard IV and Fire IV.
Additional Effect: Grants Polyglot if Enochian is maintained for 30s
Can only be executed while under the effect of Astral Fire or Umbral Ice. Effect is canceled if Astral Fire or Umbral Ice end.
Duration has been removed.
The effect is now canceld if Astral Fire or Umbral Ice end.
Blizzard IV Blizzard IV.png 58 spell 2.8s 2.5s 25y 0y Deals ice damage with a potency of 260.
Additional Effect: Grants 3 Umbral Hearts
Umbral Heart Bonus: Nullifies Astral Fire's MP cost increase for Fire spells and reduces MP cost for Flare by two-thirds
Can only be executed while under the effect of both Enochian and Umbral Ice.
Potency reduced from 280 to 260.
The effects of this ability have been completely revamped.
Fire IV Fire IV.png 60 spell 2.8s 2.5s 25y 0y Deals fire damage with a potency of 260.
Can only be executed while under the effect of both Enochian and Astral Fire.
Potency reduced from 280 to 260.
Between the Lines Between the Lines.png 62 ability 0s 3s 25y 0y Move instantly to Ley Lines drawn by you.
Cannot be executed while bound.
New Action
Thunder IV Thunder IV.png 64 spell 0s 2.5s 25y 5y Deals lightning damage with a potency of 50 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Additional Effect: Lightning damage over time
Potency: 30
Duration: 18s
Additional Effect: 3% chance after each tick that the next Thunder spell of any grade will add its full damage over time amount to its initial damage, have no cast time, and cost no MP
Duration: 12s
Only one Thunder spell-induced damage over time effect per caster can be inflicted upon a single target.
New Action
Triplecast Triplecast.png 66 ability 0s 60s 0y 0y The next three spells will require no cast time.
Duration: 15s
New Action
Foul Foul.png 70 spell 2.5s 2.5s 25y 5y Deals unaspected damage to a target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 650 for the first enemy, 10% less for the second, 20% less for the third, 30% less for the fourth, 40% less for the fifth, and 50% less for all remaining enemies.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Polyglot. Polyglot effect ends upon use.
New Action

Traits

Trait Icon Level Description Stormblood Adjustment
Enhanced Intelligence Enhanced Intelligence.png 20 Increases intelligence by 8. Now acquired at level 20 (previously level 8).
Intelligence bonus increased from 2 to 8.
Magick and Mend Magick and Mend.png 20 Increases base action damage and HP restoration by 10% and allows for the stacking of a second Astral Fire or Umbral Ice.
Thundercloud Thundercloud.png 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.
Duration: 12s
Thunder IV is now also affected by this trait.
Enhanced Intelligence II Enhanced Intelligence II.png 40 Increases intelligence by 16. Now acquired at level 40 (previously level 14).
Intelligence bonus increased from 4 to 16.
Magick and Mend II Magick and Mend II.png 40 Increases base action damage and HP restoration by 30% and allows for the stacking of a third Astral Fire or Umbral Ice which reduces cast times for spells of the opposite element by half. Now also allows for the stacking of a third Astral Fire or Umbral Ice which reduces cast times for spells of the opposite element by half.
Firestarter Firestarter.png 42 Grants a 40% chance that after casting Fire, your next Fire III will require no MP and have no casting time.
Duration: 12s
Now acquired at level 42 (previously level 44).
Thunder Mastery Thunder Mastery.png 45 Upgrades Thunder to Thunder III. New Trait
Enhanced Intelligence III Enhanced Intelligence III.png 60 Increases intelligence by 24. Now acquired at level 60 (previously level 32).
Intelligence bonus increased from 6 to 24.
Thunder Mastery II Thunder Mastery II.png 64 Upgrades Thunder II to Thunder IV. New Trait
Enhanced Umbral Heart Enhanced Umbral Heart.png 68 Reduces MP required to cast Flare by one-third while under the effect of Umbral Heart. Casting Flare completely removes the Umbral Heart status. New Trait
Enhanced Enochian Enhanced Enochian.png 70 Grants the effect of Polyglot upon maintaining Enochian for 30 seconds. New Trait

Role Actions

Magic Ranged DPS Role Actions

PvP Actions

Action Icon Type Cost Cast Time Cooldown Range Radius Description
Fire (PvP) Fire (PvP).png spell 1000 MP 1.8s 2.3s  ??  ?? Deals fire damage with a potency of 1,250.
Additional Effect: Grants Astral Fire, increasing damage dealt by 10%
Duration: 15s
Spell has no casting time if executed while under the effect of Umbral Ice.
Blizzard (PvP) Blizzard (PvP).png spell - 1.8s 2.3s  ??  ?? Deals ice damage with a potency of 750.
Additional Effect: Restores 1,000 MP
Additional Effect: Grants Umbral Ice, reducing spell cast and recast times by 10%
Duration: 15s
Spell has no casting time if executed while under the effect of Astral Fire.
Thunder (PvP) Thunder (PvP).png spell 1500 MP 1.8s 2.3s  ??  ?? Deals lightning damage with a potency of 500.
Additional Effect: Lightning damage over time
Potency: 300
Duration: 15s
Additional Effect: Grants Thunder III Ready if target is dealt over 6,000 points of damage while under the effect of Thunder
Duration: 10s
Thunder effect is removed from target upon receiving Thunder III Ready status.
※Action changes to Thunder III while under the effect of Thunder III Ready.
Enochian (PvP) Enochian (PvP).png spell - 0s 15s  ??  ?? Allows the casting of Fire IV and Blizzard IV.
Additional Effect: Grants Polyglot if Enochian is maintained for 30s.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Astral Fire or Umbral Ice. Effect is canceled if Astral Fire or Umbral Ice end.
※Action changes to Fire IV while under the effect of Astral Fire and Enochian.
※Action changes to Blizzard IV while under the effect of Umbral Ice and Enochian.
Foul (PvP) Foul (PvP).png spell Polyglot 2.8s 2.3s  ??  ?? Deals unaspected damage to a target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 4,500 for the first enemy, 25% less for the second, 50% less for the third, and 75% less for all remaining enemies.
Can only be cast while under the effect of Polyglot. Cannot be cast while under the effect of either Astral Fire or Umbral Ice. Polyglot effect ends upon use.
※Action changes to Flare while under the effect of Astral Fire and Polyglot.
※Action changes to Freeze while under the effect of Umbral Ice and Polyglot.
Sleep (PvP) Sleep (PvP).png spell 1500 MP 2.3s 2.3s  ??  ?? Puts target to sleep.
Duration: 3s
Cancels auto-attack upon execution.
Swiftcast (PvP) Swiftcast (PvP).png ability - 0s 30s  ??  ?? Next spell is cast immediately.
Duration: 10s
Aetherial Manipulation (PvP) Aetherial Manipulation (PvP).png ability - 0s 30s  ??  ?? Rush to a target party member's side.
Unable to cast if bound.
Convert (PvP) Convert (PvP).png ability - 0s 60s  ??  ?? Restores 25% of maximum HP and MP.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Astral Fire or Umbral Ice. Removes Astral Fire or Umbral Ice upon execution.
Thunder III (PvP) Thunder III (PvP).png spell - 0s 2.3s  ??  ?? Deals lightning damage with a potency of 2,000.
Additional Effect: Lightning damage over time
Potency: 300
Duration: 15s
Additional Effect: Grants Thunder III Ready if target is dealt over 6,000 points of damage while under the effect of Thunder
Duration: 10s
Can only be cast while under the effect of Thunder III Ready.
Thunder effect is removed from target upon receiving Thunder III Ready status.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Fire IV (PvP) Fire IV (PvP).png spell 2000 MP 2.3s 2.3s  ??  ?? Deals fire damage with a potency of 2,500.
Can only be cast while under the effect of Astral Fire and Enochian.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Blizzard IV (PvP) Blizzard IV (PvP).png spell - 2.3s 2.3s  ??  ?? Deals ice damage with a potency of 1,500.
Additional Effect: Restores 2,000 MP
Can only be cast while under the effect of Umbral Ice and Enochian.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Flare (PvP) Flare (PvP).png spell Polyglot 2.8s 2.3s  ??  ?? Deals fire damage to a target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 3,000 for the first enemy, 25% less for the second, 50% less for the third, and 75% less for all remaining enemies.
Additional Effect: Heavy +50%
Duration: 2s
Additional Effect: Grants Astral Fire, increasing damage dealt by 10%
Duration: 15s
Can only be cast while under the effect of Astral Fire and Polyglot. Polyglot effect ends upon use.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Freeze (PvP) Freeze (PvP).png spell Polyglot 2.8s 2.3s  ??  ?? Deals ice damage to a target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 2,000 for the first enemy, 25% less for the second, 50% less for the third, and 75% less for all remaining enemies.
Additional Effect: Bind
Duration: 4s
Additional Effect:Grants Umbral Ice, reducing spell cast and recast time by 10%
Duration: 15s
Can only be cast while under the effect of Umbral Ice and Polyglot. Polyglot effect ends upon use.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Quests

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, Sorcerers petasos icon1.png, Sorcerers gloves icon1.png, Sorcerers tonban icon1.png, Sorcerers crakows 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, Sorcerers coat icon1.png, Heros belt of casting icon1.png, Flare icon1.png
A Relic Reborn (Stardust Rod) 50 Gerolt North Shroud (x30,y20) 0 Stardust rod icon1.png
Black Books 50 Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x12,y13) 24000
An Unexpected Journey 52 Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x12,y13) 26400 Ley lines icon1.png
A Cunning Plan 54 Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x12,y13) 31200 Sharpcast icon1.png
Black Squawk Down 56 Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x12,y13) 36000 Enochian icon1.png
Destruction in the Name of Justice 58 Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x12,y13) 40800 Blizzard iv icon1.png
The Defiant Ones 60 Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x12,y13) 0 Fire iv icon1.png
Shades of Shatotto 60 Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x12.9,y13.5) 167400
Golems Gone Wild 63 Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x12.9, y13.5) 191700
When the Golems Get Tough 65 Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x12.9, y13.5) 207900
Unnatural Selection 68 Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x12.9, y13.5) 232200
One Golem to Rule Them All 70 Lalai Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x12.9, y13.5) 0 Enhanced Enochian.png line=Foul Seventh Hell Attire Coffer.png

Job Gauge

Elemental Gauge is Black Mage's Job Gauge.

Elemental Gauge in PvE

Elemental gauge1.png

The Elemental Gauge displays several different pieces of information vital to black mages, first and foremost being whether or not they are under the influence of Astral Fire (after casting a Fire spell) or Umbral Ice (after casting a Blizzard spell). All Fire spells cast while under the influence of Astral Fire will have increased potency, but will require more MP. This is the same for Blizzard spells cast while under the influence of Umbral Ice. Umbral Ice also increases the speed with which MP regenerates.

Elemental gauge2.png

Executing Enochian while under the influence of either Astral Fire or Umbral Ice will add a bar to the gauge's lower-right corner. Enochian increases the potency of magic attacks, as well as unlocks powerful spells such as Blizzard IV. Enochian fades when Astral Fire or Umbral Ice expires.

Elemental gauge3.png

Casting Blizzard IV grants a black mage 3 Umbral Hearts which are represented by the arrows in the gauge's lower-left corner. An Umbral Heart is consumed each time a Fire spell is cast while under the influence of Astral Fire, nullifying the MP cost increase applied by the Astral Fire status.

Elemental gauge4.png

The Enochian bar will fill every 30 seconds the status is maintained. When the crystal at the bottom of the Elemental Gauge glows pink, the spell Foul (acquired at level 70) can be cast, resetting the timer.

Elemental Gauge in PvP

The Elemental Gauge displays several different pieces of information vital to black mages, first and foremost being whether or not they are under the influence of Astral Fire (after casting a Fire spell) or Umbral Ice (after casting a Blizzard spell). All Fire spells cast while under the influence of Astral Fire will have increased potency, but will require more MP. This is the same for Blizzard spells cast while under the influence of Umbral Ice. Umbral Ice also increases the speed with which MP regenerates.

If a black mage uses Enochian while under the influence of Astral Fire or Umbral Ice, they will be able to use either Fire IV or Blizzard IV. 30 seconds after using Enochian, black mages are able to use Foul. This then enables them to use either Flare or Freeze. The crystal beneath the Elemental Gauge will light up every 30 seconds when Foul can be used.

Elemental gauge4.png

Black Mage Guide

Black Mage Endgame Rotations

Black Mage Macros

Images

Black Mage Concept Art Black mage af3.jpg