Although physically weak, the White Mage can choose from a broad array of healing and defensive magic spells.
The White Mage is the peaceful healer of the Warriors of Light. She uses her knowledge of White Magic to ease the suffering of their wounded companions. Although in most cases she fights with staves, she can also fight with hammers.
Unlike the other five jobs, which are all largely meant to be male, the gender of the White Mage class is never specified. Fans have typically asserted over the years that the character depicted is female, though the sprites, particularly in earlier versions, are androgynous, leaving the decision ultimately up to the player. This concern was finally addressed in the PSP port, where the promoted White Wizard is significantly "feminine" in comparison to the other sprites.
In the Final Fantasy: Memory of Heroes official novelization, the White Mage's name is given as Floe (フロウ, Furō?). The only female in the group of four, she has a shard of the Water Crystal. She is a kind, gentle and motherly youth, but is apparently scary and ferocious when angered.
After completing the Citadel of Trials, the White Mage becomes the White Wizard (しろまどうし, Shiromadoushi?). In all versions, the White Wizard removes her hood, allowing her full face and hair to be seen. The White Wizard can cast all the White Magic spells, and from the Dawn of Souls remake on, use unique White Wizard weapons.
In the Dawn of Souls and subsequent remakes, there are ten optional auto-names for each of the different character classes. Each name is a reference to another character or place name in the Final Fantasy series.
The ten names for the White Mage class are:
- Elia - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Jenica - Character in Final Fantasy V.
- Kuku - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Luca - Character in Final Fantasy IV.
- Mikoto - Character in Final Fantasy IX.
- Noah - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Ruby - Character in Final Fantasy IX.
- Sara - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Sarina - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Sherko - Character in Final Fantasy III.
In addition, the name Tomy was used in screenshots for the original NES manual.
White Mage appears on a Triple Triad card.