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.

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Black Mages extrapolate the dark arts of black magic, granting themselves a wide range of destructive spells. From eras past, black mages have since sharpened their skills to employ even greater power, assaulting a large number of enemies and hindering their movement.

General information

Guild

The Thaumaturge's Guild is in Ul'dah - Steps of Nald. Thaumaturges may specialize into black mage once they reach level 30, and complete the quests Sylph-management and Facing Your Demons.

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
1  Soul of the Black Mage
You'll Never Go Back Job quest 35 Lalai  Blizzard III
International Relations Job quest 40 Lalai  Freeze
The Voidgate Breathes Gloomy Job quest 45 Kazagg Chah  Thunder III
 Thunder Mastery
The Blood Must Flow Job quest 45 Kazagg Chah 1  Wizard's Petasos
1  Wizard's Gloves
1  Wizard's Tonban
1  Wizard's Crakows
Always Bet on Black Job quest 50 Kazagg Chah  Flare
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Back in Black I
1  Wizard's Coat
1  Sorcerer's Attire Coffer
Black Books Job quest 50 Lalai
An Unexpected Journey Job quest 52 Lalai  Ley Lines
A Cunning Plan Job quest 54 Lalai  Sharpcast
Black Squawk Down Job quest 56 Lalai  Enochian
Destruction in the Name of Justice Job quest 58 Lalai  Blizzard IV
The Defiant Ones Job quest 60 Lalai  Fire IV
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Back in Black II
1  Goetia Attire Coffer
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
 Enhanced Enochian
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Back in Black III
1  Seventh Hell Attire Coffer
A Home for a Tome Sidequest 80 Lalai
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Back in Black IV
1  Heavens' Eye Materia VII
1  Savage Aim Materia VII
1  Savage Might Materia VII

Actions

PvE actions

Action Acquired Quest requirement Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
 Blizzard Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 1 Spell 400 2.5s 2.5s Deals ice damage with a potency of 180.
 Fire Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 2 Spell 800 2.5s 2.5s Deals fire damage with a potency of 180.
 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 Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 6 Spell 200 2.5s 2.5s Deals lightning damage with a potency of 30.
 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 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 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 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 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 Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 1Quest: Taking the Black 30 Ability Instant 120s Restore 30% of maximum MP.
 Fire III Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 35 Spell 2,000 3.5s 2.5s Deals fire damage with a potency of 240.
 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 240.
 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 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 Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 50 Ability Instant 10s Rush to a target party member's side.
Unable to cast if bound.
 Flare Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 1Quest: Always Bet on Black 50 Spell All 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 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 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 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 300.
 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 300.
 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 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 Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 66 Ability Instant 60s The next three spells will require no cast time.
 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 560 for the first enemy, and 60% less for all remaining enemies.
Polyglot Cost: 1
 Despair Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 72 Spell All 3s 2.5s Deals fire damage with a potency of 340.
 Umbral Soul Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 76 Spell Instant 2.5s Grants Umbral Ice and 1 Umbral Heart.
 Xenoglossy Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 80 Spell Instant 2.5s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 660.
Polyglot Cost: 1
 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 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 Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 86 Ability Instant 120s Grants Polyglot.
 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) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM Spell 1,000 Instant 2.4s Deals fire damage with a potency of 1200.
 Blizzard (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM Spell Instant 2.4s Deals ice damage with a potency of 800.
 Thunder (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM Spell Instant 2.4s Deals lightning damage with a potency of 400.
 Thunder II (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM Spell Instant 2.4s Deals lightning damage with a potency of 200 to target and all enemies nearby it.
 Flare (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM Spell 4,000 2s 2.4s Deals fire damage with a potency of 1800to target and all enemies nearby it.
 Freeze (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM Spell 2s 2.4s Deals ice damage with a potency of 1200 to target and all enemies nearby it.
 Enochian (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM Spell Instant 2.4s Allows the casting of Fire IV and Blizzard IV.
 Foul (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM Spell Instant 2.4s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 1800 to target and all enemies nearby it.
 Xenoglossy (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM Spell Instant 2.4s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 2400.
 Night Wing (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM Ability Instant 45s Puts target and all enemies nearby it to sleep.
 Aetherial Manipulation (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM Ability Instant 15s Rush to a target party member's side.
 Thunder III (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM Spell Instant 2.4s Deals lightning damage with a potency of 2400.
 Thunder IV (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM Spell Instant 2.4s Deals lightning damage with a potency of 1200 to target and all enemies nearby it.
 Fire IV (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM Spell 2,000 2s 2.4s Deals fire damage with a potency of 2400.
 Blizzard IV (PvP) Black Mage frame icon.png BLM Spell 2s 2.4s Deals ice damage with a potency of 1600.

Common Actions (PvP)

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
 Phantom Dart (PvP) Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS Ability Instant 30s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 1,000.
 Bolt (PvP) Tank role.png Tank
Healer role.png Healer
Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS
Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS
Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS
30 Ability Instant 30s Movement speed is increased.
 Medical Kit (PvP) Tank role.png Tank
Healer role.png Healer
Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS
Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS
Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS
30 Ability Instant 15s Restores own HP.

Additional Actions (PvP)

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
 Drain (PvP) Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS Ability Instant 30s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 600.
 Addle (PvP) Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS Ability Instant 30s Reduces the potency of target's attacks by 40%.
 Aetheric Burst (PvP) Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS Ability Instant 45s Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 1600 to all nearby enemies.
 Swiftcast (PvP) Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS Ability Instant 15s Next spell is cast immediately.
 Manaward (PvP) Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS Ability Instant 30s Creates a barrier around self that absorbs damage equivalent to a heal of 2500 potency.

Adrenaline Rush (PvP)

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
 Cometeor (PvP) Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS Adrenaline Rush 2s Instant Deals magic damage to enemies near point of impact with a potency of 4000.

Magic Ranged DPS actions

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Description
 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 Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS 10 Spell 800 2.5s 2.5s Puts target and all nearby enemies to sleep.
 Swiftcast Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS
Healer role.png Healer
18 Ability Instant 60s Next spell is cast immediately.
 Lucid Dreaming Magic Ranged DPS role.png Magical Ranged DPS
Healer role.png Healer
24 Ability Instant 60s Gradually restores own MP.
 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 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 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 Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 20 Allows the stacking of a second Astral Fire and Umbral Ice.
 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 Thaumaturge frame icon.png THM 35 Allows the stacking of a third Astral Fire and Umbral Ice.
 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 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 Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 1Quest: The Voidgate Breathes Gloomy 45 Upgrades Thunder to Thunder III.
 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 Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 58 Grants 3 Umbral Hearts upon casting Freeze.
 Thunder Mastery II Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 64 Upgrades Thunder II to Thunder IV.
 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 Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 74 Reduces Sharpcast recast timer to 30 seconds.
 Enhanced Enochian II Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 78 Improves Enochian's magic damage increase to 15%.
 Enhanced Polyglot Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 80 Allows the stacking of a second Polyglot.
 Enhanced Foul Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 80 Allows for the immediate casting of Foul.
 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 Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 84 Reduces Manafont recast time to 120 seconds.
 Enhanced Enochian III Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 86 Improves Enochian's magic damage increase to 20%.
 Enhanced Sharpcast II Black Mage frame icon.png BLM 88 Allows the accumulation of charges for consecutive uses of Sharpcast.
 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

Elemental Gauge in PvP

The Elemental Gauge indicates whether you are under the effect of Astral Fire (after casting a Fire spell) or Umbral Ice (after casting a Blizzard spell). While under the effect of Astral Fire, Fire spells will have increased potency, and you will be able to cast Fire IV and Flare. While under the influence of Umbral Ice, all spells will have reduced cast and recast times, and you will be able to cast Blizzard IV and Freeze.

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You will be granted Polyglot after maintaining Astral Fire or Umbral Ice for 30 seconds, represented by crystals at the bottom of the Elemental Gauge. Polyglot can be consumed to execute Xenoglossy.

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The time required to acquire a stack of Polyglot is reset should Astral Fire or Umbral Ice fade. However, any accumulated stacks will not be lost.

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Simple Mode

Elemental gauge pvp simple mode1.png Umbral Ice and 1 Polyglot

Elemental gauge pvp simple mode2.png 2 Polyglot without Astral Fire or Umbral Ice

Gallery

Relic Weapons

See also

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