- “Not hate, but love.”
- —Dissidia Final Fantasy, Black Mage Lore
Black Mages wear outfits similar to classic wizards, consisting of blue robes and pointy hats, usually yellow or brown. Their faces are not visible in the shade of their hats, except for their eyes which shine brightly. A Black Mage's primary ability is to cast Black Magic, which usually consists of attack spells, but also contains some effect spells.
In later installments, Black Mages are given the Focus ability, which allows them to store power for the next turn. Their magic is their main focus and in this, Black Mages are one of the simplest, but most effective Jobs. Black Mages usually equip magical rods and staves, but also sometimes daggers. Their armor is limited to lightweight vests and mage robes. Black Mages, as with most mages, have high magical stats but low HP and defenses. The Magus Job is a recurring more powerful version of the Black Mage.
- Main article: Black Mage (Final Fantasy)
One of the six basic Job classes, Black Mages have the lowest HP of any class, but have powerful magic. They upgrade to Black Wizards, which have even greater magical abilities. Once upgraded to Black Wizards, they can cast all black magic spells.
- Main article: Mysidia (Final Fantasy II)
- Main article: Black Mage (Final Fantasy III)
The Black Mage is a Job class obtained from the Wind Crystal and has powerful magical stats.
In the older translations, Black Mage was called Black Wizard. Rydia and Palom are both Black Mages. However, because Rydia is also a Summoner, she learns her Black Magic at a slower rate than Palom. Black Mages also appear as NPCs.
- Main article: Black Mage (The After Years)
Black Mage is a character who, along with White Mage, accompanies Ceodore and the Hooded Man as they pass through the Devil's Road. Rydia and Palom also return as playable characters. More focus is put on Rydia's Black Magic for the first part of the game as she is unable to summon.
- Main article: Black Mage (Final Fantasy V)
The Black Mage is one of the first Job classes received from the Wind Crystal. It focuses on using Black Magic, but the addition of the Mystic Knight hampers its effectiveness slightly, as Mystic Knights can enchant their swords with Black Magic and have much better equipment and offensive abilities than Black Mages.
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Although not referred as such, the Cetra race looks like bearded Black Mages.
Black Mage makes a cameo in Final Fantasy VIII in the Triple Triad tutorial, where a pointy-hatted Black Mage can been seen playing the famous card game.
- Main article: Black Mage (Final Fantasy IX)
The Black Mage is not a mere Job class, but an entire race. Produced from Mist by Kuja's magic, the majority of Black Mages are soulless dolls who serve Kuja's whim to destroy kingdoms. However, a few have achieved sentience and live peaceful lives in the Black Mage Village. Vivi is the prototype Black Mage and has a significantly longer lifespan, and appears to have always been sentient.
Early concept art also shows a man Job Changed into a Black Mage.
Concept art of the Black Mage were created for the game, but it was ultimately not used (see gallery below). In the finished product, Lulu is a Black Mage, though due to the Sphere Grid system, all characters are capable of learning Black Magic. Despite being a black mage, Lulu's physical defense can grow quite strong as she traverses through her section of the sphere grid, which is quite atypical among this job class.
- Main article: Black Mage (Final Fantasy X-2)
The Black Mage dressphere focuses on offensive magic and learns several support abilities that enable them to cast magic faster. However, they cannot attack physically unless they are affected by Berserk or using Mug.
- Main article: Black Mage (Final Fantasy XI)
The Black Mage is one of the six basic Job classes available to players. They can cast strong spells and are the only Job with access to higher level spells, including Ancient Magic. Tarutaru make natural Black Mages because of their high MP and Intelligence.
- Main article: Black Mage (Final Fantasy XII)
The Black Mage class is associated with the Capricorn sign. It can cast Black Magick and a few Green Magick and uses Staves and Hand-Bombs as weapons.
- Main article: Black Mage (Revenant Wings)
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As of patch 1.21, Thaumaturges who meet certain conditions can obtain a Soul of the Black Mage, allowing them to switch between the two aspects at will. As a Black Mage, one has access to potent spells like Burst and Flare while losing access to abilities from certain other classes, like the healing spells learned through Conjury.
- Main article: Black Mage (Tactics)
The Black Mage has powerful magic that hits several enemies, but the spells cannot differentiate between friendly and hostile units.
- Main article: Black Mage (Tactics Advance)
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The Black Mage uses offensive magic. As in Tactics Advance, nu mou are best suited to being Black Mages as they have better magic power growth. However, learning Black Mage skills is necessary for a hume character to gain the Blue Mage and Illusionist Jobs.
- Main article: Black Mage (My Life as a King)
The Black Mage is a job class in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King. The class is available to both Clavats and male Yukes. In order for Clavats to become Black Mages, the Black Mage Academy must first be built. Black Mages have low attack strength and hit points, but also have access to powerful elemental spells, enabling them to defeat some monsters resistant to physical attacks.
- Main article: Black Mage (The 4 Heroes of Light)
The Black Mage makes an appearance in this game, using traditional Black Magic. However, their appearance differs from the traditional Black Mage looks, donning top hats instead of traditional wizard hats.
- Main article: Black Mage (Bravely Default)
It has been revealed that Black Mage will be one of the basic jobs gained from one of the first crystals encountered in the game along with Monk, and White Mage.
- Main article: Black Mage (Dimensions)
Black Mage is one the starting jobs in the game and consequently available to both groups.
In the Duel Colosseum, when selected, the Black Mage Job card increases the appearance rate of battle cards.
Shantotto's gameplay is based on her status as a Black Mage in Final Fantasy XI. She uses the main Black Magic spells for damage and can inflict status ailments on enemies. During her EX Mode and in her alternate costumes, she wears typical Black Mage gear.
The Black Mage job card reappears in the new Labyrinth mode, and increases the frequency of secret cards appearing.
The Black Mage is also a job that can be selected for a character in the player's Party for Quick Battle, Friend Cards, or wireless matches. It increases magic damage by 50%, and unlocks the advanced jobs Mystic Knight and Sage.
The Black Mage appears as character cards.
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- Main article: Black Mage (Airborne Brigade)
The Black Mage is a job in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade available from the start. Their preferred weapons are rods and they specialize in Intelligence abilities.
- “Black magic is destructive power in its purest form. Some mages just want to watch the world burn.”
The Black Mage is a character available to the party, he uses the Thundaga ability during battle. Unlocks at level 5.
Black Mages appear as enemies in the dungeons. Some of them also reside as researchers in the village, selling Tonics and running a "bestiary" statue hall.
- Main article: Black Mage (Chocobo's Dungeon)
The Black Mage job is represented in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game by six cards. One Fire-elemental card, featuring Arc from Final Fantasy III; two Ice-elemental cards featuring Luneth from Final Fantasy III and Lenna from Final Fantasy V; one Earth-elemental card, featuring Ingus from Final Fantasy III; and two Lightning-elemental cards, featuring the female Black Mage from Final Fantasy Tactics and Krile from Final Fantasy V.
The Magus job is represented by three cards: one Fire-elemental card and two Lightning-elemental cards. The Fire card features Arc as a Magus, while the Lightning-elemental cards feature Ingus and Refia as Magi.
Non-Final Fantasy Appearances
In the Kingdom Hearts series, several Heartless have faces identical to those of a Black Mage. Shadows, the weakest and most common form of Heartless, bear the iconic black face and body with yellow, glowing eyes. Certain Heartless that bear a black face and yellow eyes, such as the Blue Rhapsody, take this a step further because they are adorned with hats similar in design to a Black Mage's and almost appear to be wearing cloaks.
When Sora goes into Wisdom or Master Drive form in Halloween Town, his mask changes into an image of a Black Mage (half of a Black Mage for Master). Sora's Anti Form consists of a pitch black body with glowing yellow eyes that resemble classic Black Mages.
Not related to the Heartless in any way, Final Fantasy IX's Vivi Ornitier, known in the game only by his first name, appears as a member of Seifer's Twilight Town Disciplinary Committee in Kingdom Hearts II. Vivi's unwillingly heavy involvement in the many oddities present in the early parts of the game may be a reference to his Final Fantasy IX counterpart as a Black Mage, as well as the large mysteries surrounding him in Final Fantasy IX.
Donald Duck's starting staff is adorned by a stylized Black Mage figure. Donald himself is also classified as a Black Mage (despite having healing and defensive magic) since a large portion of his spells and special moves are primarily attack-oriented. He also suffers from the low HP and defense associated with the job class, though he has surprisingly good attack power as a counterbalance due to his famous temper.
Several spells classified as Black Magic, which Black Mages are masters of, can be utilized throughout the series by multiple characters. Some Black Magic present within the Kingdom Hearts series includes Fire, Quake, and Meteor.
League of Legends
In the PvP game League of Legends exists a champion called Veigar. While he is never referred to as a Black Mage per se, his abilities to cast powerful, destructive magic and his physical appearance would certainly point to an influence from Final Fantasy's traditional Black Mage.
Legend of Mana
There are two statues of a Final Fantasy-style Black Mage: the first one is a Black Mage holding a staff found outside the Academy of Magic's entrance in Geo, while the second is found inside Mephianse's office on the lower area of his office in the middle reading a book.
The Black Mage appeared as a secret character in the Mario sports game, Mario Hoops 3-on-3. Black Mage's special shot is Meteor Shot. Rather than being wrapped around him, his cape is behind him and is only attached at the neck.
Black Mage reappeared in Mario Sports Mix for the Nintendo Wii alongside the same four unlockable Final Fantasy characters with which he debuted. He is also included in 3-3 Star Ship Battle.
The Knights of Avalon
The Knights of Avalon collaboration project with Final Fantasy Brigade Break the Seal, the social game has to offer a limited summoning magic stone "SR Chocobo" and a limited collaboration armor of the White Mage and Black Mage .
In Popular Culture
Black Mage Evilwizardington is also a popular character in the web comic 8-Bit Theater. His character is a psychotic murderer with a hatred for everything except White Mage, whom he lusts over, pie, and cookies.
The Black Mage has a small cameo in the popular fan parody "Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged Series". When the other characters show off their favorite cards, Yugi holds up a card showing a Black Mage sprite from the original Final Fantasy and says "mine's the Dark Magician".