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By using recovery spells, white mages can ensure a party's survival.
—Official Description
See also: White Mage

White Mage is a basic job in Final Fantasy XI. As such, all starting characters can immediately choose to level as a White Mage. White Mages specialize in curative magic, the removal of just about all status ailments, and defensive magic.

White Magic offers limited access to offensive magic including status ailments, such as Slow, and damaging magic, such as Holy. In normal situations, they would often be called upon to use status ailments but it is rare for a White Mage in a party to attempt to do damage with spells and they are almost never seen on the front-line dealing melee damage. The job of White Mage is thus limited to almost exclusively healing duties.

In addition to White Magic, White Mages possess a number of abilities including Benediction, Divine Seal, Martyr, Devotion to further their abilities in curing and supporting the party.

The five races of Vana'diel can all make a competent White Mage. Elvaan have the highest Mind, thus are able to cure with the highest potency. Tarutaru excel due to their high MP pool, but low HP and Vitality means they are less survivable while low Mind weakens their cures. Hume and Mithra are relatively balanced, offering few strengths and weaknesses although Mithra suffer from slightly lower Mind. Galka have low MP, giving them less to cast magic with, but high HP and Vitality help them be more survivable.

Becoming a White MageEdit

Since White Mage is a basic job in Final Fantasy XI, characters can choose to become a White Mage at any time. Characters who wish to start the game as a White Mage will be given a scroll of Cure and an Onion Rod in addition to their adventurer certificate and nation ring (If applicable.).

White Mage AbilitiesEdit

Job AbilitiesEdit

Level  Name
1  Benediction
15  Divine Seal
40  Afflatus Solace
 Afflatus Misery
75
Merit
 Devotion
 Martyr
83  Divine Caress
95  Sacrosanctity
8796  Asylum

Job TraitsEdit

Level  Name
10  Magic Defense Bonus
20  Clear Mind I
21  Tranquil Heart
25  Auto Regen
30  Magic Defense Bonus II
35  Clear Mind II
50  Clear Mind III
 Divine Benison
 Divine Veil
 Magic Defense Bonus III
60  Divine Benison II
65  Clear Mind IV
70  Magic Defense Bonus IV
 Divine Benison III
76  Auto Regen II
80  Clear Mind V
81  Magic Defense Bonus V
85  Shield Defense Bonus
90  Divine Benison V
91  Magic Defense Bonus VI


Spell ListEdit

Level  Spell
1  Cure
3  Dia
4  Paralyze
5  Banish
 Barstonra
6  Poisona
7  Barsleepra
 Protect
 Protectra
9  Barwatera
 Paralyna
10  Aquaveil
 Barpoisonra
11  Cure II
12  Barparalyzra
13  Baraera
 Slow
14  Blindna
15  Banishga
 Deodorize
 Silence
16  Curaga
17  Barfira
 Shell
 Shellra
18  Barblindra
 Diaga
Level  Spell
19  Blink
 Silena
20  Sneak
21  Barblizzara
 Cure III
 Regen
23  Barsilencera
25  Barthundra
 Invisible
 Raise
 Reraise
27  Protect II
 Protectra II
28  Stoneskin
29  Cursna
30  Banish II
31  Curaga II
32  Erase
34  Viruna
36  Dia II
 Teleport-Dem
 Teleport-Holla
 Teleport-Mea
37  Shell II
 Shellra II
38  Teleport-Altep
 Teleport-Yhoat
Level  Spell
39  Barvira
 Stona
40  Banishga II
 Cura
 Haste
41  Cure IV
42  Teleport-Vahzl
43  Barpetra
44  Regen II
45  Flash
47  Protect III
 Protectra III
48  Repose
50  Holy
51  Curaga III
53  Recall-Jugner
 Recall-Meriph
 Recall-Pashh
55  Auspice
56  Raise II
 Reraise II
57  Shell III
 Shellra III
61  Cure V
 Esuna
63  Protect IV
 Protectra IV
Level  Spell
65  Banish III
 Sacrifice
66  Regen III
68  Shell IV
 Shellra IV
70  Raise III
 Reraise III
71  Curaga IV
75
Merit
 Protectra V
 Shellra V
76  Protect V
 Shell V
78  Baramnesra
80  Cure VI
81  Boost-VIT
83  Cura II
84  Boost-MND
86  Regen IV
87  Boost-CHR
90  Boost-AGI
91  Curaga V
93  Addle
 Boost-STR
95  Holy II
96  Cura III
 Boost-INT
99  Arise
 Boost-DEX


Combat Skill RatingsEdit

 Skill Rank Caps by Level
1 37 45 75 99
 Club B+ 5 109 132 256 404
 Staff C+ 5 105 128 230 378
 Throwing E 4 94 114 200 300
 Shield D 4 101 122 210 334
 Evasion E 4 94 114 200 300


Magic Skill RatingsEdit

 Magic Rank Caps by Level
1 37 45 75 99
 Healing A+ 6 114 138 276 424
 Divine A- 5 114 138 269 417
 Enhancing C+ 5 105 128 230 378
 Enfeebling C 5 105 128 225 373

White Mages in Final Fantasy XIEdit

White Mage FFXI Ikeda Art

White Mages are the preeminent users of curative and protective magic in Final Fantasy XI. As a class with a lot of spells aligned with the Light element, they also have the capacity of dealing significant damage to creatures weak to this element, particularly Undead.

StrengthsEdit

  • White Mages (other than Scholars under the effect of Light Arts) are the only job that can remove negative status ailments from others.
  • White Mages have the best healing and protective magics in the game.
  • Through gear and Hexa-Strike, White Mages can do significant melee damage.

WeaknessesEdit

  • Most White Mages will be virtually helpless without a party.
  • Lack of Refresh sometimes makes them less desirable than Red Mage.


Support JobsEdit

Black MageEdit

Black Mage offers White Mage some utility as a support job. Not only can it give the White Mage access to spells like Sleep, it also provides them with a decent MP boost and increases MP efficiency with Conserve MP. In more rare situations, Magic Attack Bonus will increase damage from Banish or Holy. Black Mage also offers White Mage the Warp spell.

SummonerEdit

Summoner becomes a popular subjob for White Mage after level 50. At this point, Summoner offers White Mages Auto Refresh, which will slowly increase MP over time. Additionally, with their high MP and MP Boosts, White Mage with a summoner subjob has the highest MP totals of almost any job other than summoner itself. Avatars can be useful for some mid-level job abilities, such as Aerial Armor from Garuda.

Red MageEdit

Red Mage is not commonly used for White Mage, since it is not as MP efficient, nor does a White Mage have quite as much MP in this configuration, but it is worth noting that some White Mages will want the benefits of Fast Cast or red mage specific spells, specifically Phalanx, for certain situations. With the increased level cap White Mage will be able to access Convert and Refresh, breathing new life into this subjob.

NinjaEdit

Ninja is not a common job choice for most White Mages; However, it is worth mentioning that a White Mage with Reverend Mail, access to the Weapon Skill Hexa-Strike with a Club and plenty of Haste and Strength gear can be a surprising powerhouse of melee damage.

ScholarEdit

Scholar has been another popular subjob for White Mage with the job ability Light Arts. Light Arts reduces the cost of their spells, spell casting time, and spell recharge time, along with boosting the White Mage's Enhancement and Enfeebling skill to a B+ rank, while Dark Arts allows them to access some Black Magic including Dispel, and most notably, Aspir, along with reducing the cost, cast time, and spell recharge time of the relevent spells while boosting the White Mage's elemental, dark, and enfeebling skills to a B+ rank. They also get access to Sublimation, Scholar's version of Refresh, as well as several useful strategems. Penury, gained at level twenty, halves the cost of the next white magic spell used. Celerity halves the casting and recast time of the next white magic spell used. Both are compatible with all of the White Mage's native spells. At level eighty the White Mage gains Accession, which turns certain single-target white magic spells into area-of-effect spells at the cost of double MP and tripled casting time. While using Accession with Cure, Protect, or Shell is redundant, the ability to multi-target Regen, Blink, Stoneskin, and status recovery spells is extremely helpful. Stoneskin especially can only be cast on other party members with the help of Accession.

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Final Fantasy XI's White Mage appears in the Japanese Final Fantasy trading card game.

GalleryEdit

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