- “Wizards whose powerful black magic strikes fear into enemies.”
- See also: Black Mage (Job)
The Black Mage is a job in Final Fantasy V obtained after the Wind Crystal shatters. It is the first fully offensive spellcasting job in the game (barring Blue Mage as they start with nothing), and is the first job to utilize elements in their attacks.
The Black Mage has the second-highest Magic Power being beaten out by the Summoner in the original version, as well as the Oracle in the Advance and iOS remakes, and due to the ability to equip rods, the Black Mage is further capable of increasing their damage output of specific elements by 50%.
As Black Mages, the party will don the famous blue robes and pointy hat, which conceals their faces. However, Galuf keeps his beard, and Bartz resembles the Magus from Final Fantasy III. Krile most closely resembles the Black Mage design from the original Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy III. Bartz, Faris and Lenna wear a crescent moon symbol on their hat, while Krile has a star.
- Job Command - Black Magic
- Innate Abilities - None
- Equipment - Knives, Rods, Hats, Robes, Armlets
Black Magic gives the character access to the three basic elements (Fire, Ice, and Lightning), access to the Poison element, as well as a powerful non-elemental spell obtained late in the game. Black Magic also gives the character access to some status-inducing spells, as well as a HP and MP draining spell.
Of note, Black Magic abilities give characters the Black Mage's base Magic based on the following formula:
- Magic = Black Mage Base Magic - 3 * (6 - Black Mage Job Level)
However, the value of the base Magic granted in this way is capped at the Black Mage's base.
Thus the base Magic stat for a character with Black Magic equipped would be as follows:
- Level 1 = 40 base Magic
- Level 2 = 43 base Magic
- Level 3 = 46 base Magic
- Level 4 = 49 base Magic
- Level 5 = 52 base Magic
- Level 6 = 55 base Magic
- Level 7 = 55 base Magic
The base stats for Black Mages are:
- Strength: 15
- Agility: 24
- Stamina: 22
- Magic: 55
Level-Up Abilities Edit
Other Appearances Edit
Black Mage appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.
- The Black Mage attire is an indication Faris is female, before the party even finds out, as she wears her robes the same way Lenna does. This also applies to the White Mage job.