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Wizards whose powerful black magic strikes fear into enemies.
—Description
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%.

Mastering Black Mage for all four characters in the iOS version earns the player the achievement "Master of Black Magic".

Appearance Edit

FFV Bartz Black Mage iOS FFV Lenna Black Mage iOS FFV Galuf Black Mage iOS FFV Faris Black Mage iOS FFV Krile Black Mage iOS

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.

Abilities Edit

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  • 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.

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

Upon mastery, Freelancers and Mimes gain the Black Mage's base Magic unless they already have a higher base from another mastered job.

The base stats for Black Mages are:

  • Strength: 15
  • Agility: 24
  • Stamina: 22
  • Magic: 55

Level-Up Abilities Edit

Level 1 Ability
Mobile Name Black Magic (1)
Advance Name Black Magic LV1
Anthology Name Black 1
RPGe Name Black (1)
AP Required 10
Type Command
Description Perform Black Magic.
Information Lets any Job cast Fire, Blizzard, and Thunder.
Level 2 Ability
Mobile Name Black Magic (2)
Advance Name Black Magic LV2
Anthology Name Black 2
RPGe Name Black (2)
AP Required 20
Type Command
Description Perform Black Magic.
Information Lets any Job additionally cast Poison, Sleep and Toad.
Level 3 Ability
Mobile Name Black Magic (3)
Advance Name Black Magic LV3
Anthology Name Black 3
RPGe Name Black (3)
AP Required 30
Type Command
Description Perform Black Magic.
Information Lets any Job additionally cast Fira, Blizzara, and Thundara.
Level 4 Ability
Mobile Name Black Magic (4)
Advance Name Black Magic LV4
Anthology Name Black 4
RPGe Name Black (4)
AP Required 50
Type Command
Description Perform Black Magic.
Information Lets any Job additionally cast Drain, Break, and Bio.
Level 5 Ability
Mobile Name Black Magic (5)
Advance Name Black Magic LV5
Anthology Name Black 5
RPGe Name Black (5)
AP Required 70
Type Command
Description Perform Black Magic.
Information Lets any Job additionally cast Firaga, Blizzaga, and Thundaga.
Level 6 Ability
Mobile Name Black Magic LV6
Advance Name Black Magic LV6
Anthology Name Black 6
RPGe Name Black (6)
AP Required 100
Type Command
Description Perform Black Magic.
Information Lets any Job additionally cast Flare, Death, and Osmose.
Level 7 Ability
Mobile Name MP +30%
Advance Name MP +30%
Anthology Name MP +30%
RPGe Name MP +30%
AP Required 450
Type Passive
Description Increases maximum MP by 30%.
Information Increases the character's max MP by 30%.

Other Appearances Edit

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Black Mage appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.

GalleryEdit

Trivia Edit

  • 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.

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