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Ability Black Magic FFIVPSP
Casts black magic.
—PSP description

Black Magic (くろまほう, Kuro Mahō?) , also called Black, is an ability in Final Fantasy IV used by Rydia, Tellah, Palom, Fusoya, and Golbez. Black Magic is the counterpart to White Magic, focusing on damaging the target. The Black Magic command's Charge Time varies, and its charge time is taken from the spell the player selects to cast. Fusoya and Golbez (only in to 3D versions) knows all the Black Magic spells, while Tellah eventually learns all these spells, except for Quake, Death, and Flare via a story event.

FFIV SNES Black Magic Icon
FF4PSP Black Magic Icon
FFIVDS Black Magic Icon

Abel's Lance and Flare Sledgehammer introduced in the Game Boy Advance version have the ability to randomly cast a specific Black Magic spells that randomly activate when using the Attack command when a party member is equipped with the specific weapon. Abel's Lance randomly cast Tornado while Flare Sledgehammer cast Flare. The Tornado spell from Abel's Lance works on any enemy, including bosses.

In the 3D versions of the game, Dualcast is an Augment ability that is compatible with all forms of magic.

On the Easy Type version, the majority of the casting times for spells were reduced from their original casting time, making these spells faster to cast.

List of Black MagicEdit

Black Magic commandEdit

The following is a list of Black Magic spells that can be learn and used through the Black Magic battle command.

Name MP Cost Description Acquired Image
2D 3D
Fire
(Fire1)
5 Minor Fire-elemental damage to one or all enemies. Casting time of 1. It has a spell power of 16 in the 2D versions, and 20 in 3D versions. Rydia: Event
Palom: Known
Flame Rod
Flame Sword (3D)
Flame Claws (3D)
Fire ffiv ios
Causes fire damage.
Fira
(Fire2)
15 Moderate Fire-elemental damage to one or minor Fire-elemental damage to all enemies. Casting time of 3. It has a spell power of 64 in the 2D versions, and spell power of 50 in the 3D versions. Rydia: Event
Palom (2D): LV 12
Palom (3D): LV 13
Flame Lance
Fira FFIV ios
Causes fire damage.
Firaga
(Fire3)
30 Major Fire-elemental damage to one or moderate Fire-elemental damage to all enemies. Casting time of 4. It has a spell power of 256 in 2D versions and 110 in 3D versions. Rydia (2D): LV 42
Rydia (3D): LV 40
Palom: 33
FFIV iOS Firaga
Causes fire damage.
Blizzard
(Ice1)
(Ice)
(Blizrd)
5 Minor Ice-elemental damage to one or all enemies. Casting time of 1. It has a spell power of 16 in the 2D versions, and 20 in the 3D versions. Rydia (2D): LV 2
Rydia (3D): Known
Palom: Known
Ice Rod
Ice Claws (3D)
Blizzard ffiv ios
Causes ice damage.
Blizzara
(Ice2)
(Blizd2)
15 Moderate Ice-elemental damage to one or minor Ice-elemental damage to all enemies. Casting time of 3. It has a spell power of 64 in 2D versions, and spell power of 50 in 3D versions Rydia: Event
Palom (2D): LV 11
Palom (3D): LV 12
Icebrand (3D)
Blizarra FFIV iOs
Causes ice damage.
Blizzaga
(Ice3)
(Blizd3)
30 Major Ice-elemental damage to one or moderate Ice-elemental damage to all enemies. Casting time of 4. It has a spell power of 256 in the 2D versions, and 110 in 3D versions. Rydia (2D): LV 39
Rydia (3D): LV 38
Palom: LV 32
FFIV iOS Blizzaga
Causes ice damage.
Thunder
(Lit1)
(Bolt1)
(Thund)
5 Minor Lightning-elemental damage to one or all enemies. Casting time of 1. It has a spell power of 16 in 2D versions, and a spell power of 20 in 3D versions. Rydia (2D): LV 5
Rydia (3D): Known
Palom: Known
Thunder Rod
Lightning Claws (3D)
Thunder ffiv ios
Causes lightning damage.
Thundara
(Lit2)
(Bolt2)
(Thnd2)
15 Moderate Lightning-elemental damage to one or minor Lightning-elemental damage to all enemies. Casting time of 3. It has a spell power of 64 in the 2D versions, and 50 in 3D versions. Rydia: Event
Palom (2D): LV 13
Palom (3D): LV 14
Thundara FFIV iOs
Causes lightning damage.
Thundaga
(Lit3)
(Bolt3)
(Thnd3)
30 Major Lightning-elemental damage to one or moderate Lightning-elemental damage to all enemies. Casting time of 4. It has a spell power of 256 in 2D versions, and spell power of 110 in 3D versions. Rydia (2D): LV 45
Rydia (3D): LV 41
Palom: LV 34
Thundaga FFIV ios
Causes lightning damage.
Sleep 12 15 Inflicts Sleep. Casting time of 3. It has an accuracy of 50% in 2D versions, and 55% in 3D versions. The spell is more effective the more Agility the caster has. Rydia: LV 8
Palom: Known
Sleep Blade
FFIV iOS Sleep
Causes Sleep.
Poison
(Venom)
2 Inflicts Poison on one or all enemies. Casting time of 1. It has a 90% accuracy in 2D versions, and 80% accuracy in 3D versions. Rydia: LV 10
Palom: Known
Poison Axe
Poison ffiv ios
Causes Poison.
Warp
(Dejon)
4 20 Warp back to previous floor of a dungeon. The spell can also be used in battle to flee (3D versions only). Casting time of 0. Rydia: LV 12
Palom: LV 29
FFIVPSP Warp
Warps party back to previous floor.
Toad 7 10 Inflicts or cures Toad on one or all enemies. Casting time of 3. It has a 50% accuracy in 2D versions, and 100% accuracy in 3D versions. Rydia: LV 13
Palom: LV 22
Toad ffiv ios
Transforms target to Toad or restores state.
Stop 15
12 (PS)
30 Inflicts Stop. Casting time of 2. It has an accuracy of 80% in 2D versions, and accuracy of 70% in 3D versions. Its spell power is equal to 10 turns in 2D versions. Rydia: LV 15
Palom (2D): LV 14
Rydia (3D): LV 40
Stop FFIV iOs
Causes time to stop, halting target's actions.
Osmose
(Psych)
(Aspir)
0 5 Absorbs MP from target to restore own MP. Casting time of 5. The spell has a spell power of 16 in 2D versions (20 in Easy Type), and 10 in 3D versions, and an accuracy of 100%. Rydia (2D): LV 32
Rydia (3D): LV 33
Palom (2D): LV 40
Palom (3D): LV 23
Lilith Rod
FFIV iOS Osmose
Absorbs MP.
Drain 18 15 Absorbs HP from target to restore own HP. Casting time of 3. It has a spell power of 20 in 2D versions (80 in Easy Type), and an accuracy of 100%. In in the 3D version it has accuracy of 70%. Rydia (2D): LV 36
Rydia (3D): Event
Palom: LV 26
Drain FFIV iOs
Absorbs HP.
Bio
(Virus)
20 Inflicts moderate non-elemental damage and inflicts Sap. Casting time of 0. Bio has a spell power of 128 in 2D versions, and 40 in the 3D versions. Rydia: LV 26
Palom: LV 19
Bio FFIV iOs
Releases a virus that causes damage.
Tornado
(Weak)
(Wind)
(Tornd)
25 15 Reduces target's HP to critical level. Casting time of 2. It has an accuracy of 75 in the 2D versions, and 70 in 3D releases. Rydia (2D): LV 51
Rydia (3D): LV 58
Palom: LV 48
Tornado FFIV iOs
Creates a tornado that causes heavy damage.
Break
(Stone)
15 20 Inflicts Petrify to one or all enemies. Casting time of 2. It has an accuracy of 30% in 2D versions (40% in Easy Type), and 100% accuracy in 3D versions. Rydia (2D): LV 49
Rydia (3D): LV 43
Palom (2D): LV 36
Palom (3D): 15
Stoneblade (3D)
Break FFIV IOS
Causes Petrify.
Pig
(Piggy)
1 10 Inflicts or cures Pig to one or all enemies. Casting time of 6. It has a 10% accuracy in 2D 2D versions (40% in Easy Type), and 100% accuracy in 3D versions. Rydia: LV 20
Palom: LV 11
Pig FFIV IOS
Transforms target to Pig or restores state.
Quake 30 Major non-elemental (2D versions)/Earth-elemental (3D versions) damage to all non-flying enemies. Casting time of 2. It has a spell power of 200 in 2D versions, and 110 in 3D versions. Rydia (2D): LV 47
Rydia (3D): Event
Palom (2D): LV 23
Palom (3D): LV 36
Gaia Hammer
Quake FFIV IOS
Spawns an earthquake that causes damage.
Death
(Fatal)
35 40 Inflicts Death to one or all enemies. Casting time of 5. It has an accuracy of 60% in 2D versions, and 30% accuracy in 3D versions. Rydia (2D): LV 52
Rydia (3D): LV 55
Palom: LV 46
Death FFIV iOs
Causes Death.
Flare
(Nuke)
50 55 Massive non-elemental (2D versions)/Fire-elemental (3D versions) damage to one enemy. It has spell power of 400 2D versions, and spell power of 160 in 3D versions. Rydia (2D): LV 55
Rydia (3D): LV 60
Palom (2D): LV 52
Palom (3D): LV 55
Flare ffiv ios
Causes damage by combustion.
Meteor
(Meteo)
99 Extreme Holy-elemental (2D versions)/non-elemental (3D versions) damage to all enemies. Casting time of 10. It has a spell power of 800 in the 2D versions, and 250 in 3D versions. Rydia (2D): LV 60
Rydia (3D): LV 80
Palom: LV 50
Meteor FFIV iOs
Calls forth a meteor that causes damage.

Item magicEdit

In the 3D versions, Magic Arrow and Dancing Dagger were classified into Black Magic spells. Most spells are used via the Black Magic command, but some spells can be used via the Items command. item magic is cast by using specific weapons from the Item menu during battle. The weapon must be equipped and unlike magic used via the Black Magic command, item magic spells do not cost MP. All spells can be reflected, except for the Dancing Dagger spell. Item magic's spell names are hidden as when the player uses an item, the name used will be that of the name of the item which overrides the spell's name. Item magic can be used even if the user is silenced. In the 3D versions, item magic's power increases and decreases with the modification of the Intelligence stat.

Name MP Cost Description Acquired Image
2D 3D
Magic Arrow
(MgcArrow)
(Mage Arrows)
(Dummy)
0 Deals minor non-elemental damage with spell power of 28. Rod Mage arrows ffiv ios
Dancing Dagger
(Dummy)
0 Deals moderate non-elemental damage with spell power of 40. Dancing Dagger Dancing dagger in-battle ffiv ios

TwincastEdit

In the 3D versions, some of the original and new spells were classified into Black Magic spells.

Name MP Cost Description Acquired Image
2D 3D
Pyroblast
(Flare)
(Pyro)
(ltFlare)
10 30 Moderate non-elemental (2D versions)/Fire-elemental (3D versions) damage to all enemies. Palom and Porom,
Any two teammates (3D)
FFIVPSP Pyroblast
Comet
(ltMeteo)
20 50 Moderate non-elemental damage to all enemies. Palom and Porom,
Any two teammates (3D)
Stardust Rod
FFIVPSP Comet
Twin Meteor
(W.Meteo)
(Double Meteor)
0 20 Extreme Holy-elemental (2D versions)/non-elemental (3D versions) damage to all enemies. Fusoya and Golbez,
Palom and Porom (Requires the equipped Twin Stars)
FFIVPSP Twin Meteor
Ultima - 99 Extreme non-elemental damage to all enemies. Cecil and Rosa FFIV PC Ultima

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EtymologyEdit

Black magic has traditionally referred to the use of supernatural powers or magic for evil and selfish purposes. With respect to the philosophy of left-hand path and right-hand path, black magic is the malicious counterpart of benevolent white magic.

TriviaEdit

  • The magic circle effect on the Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection has Greek words inside the inner and outer circle areas of the magic circle. It also has three images of the principle elements: Fire, Ice, and Lightning.

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