Although ill-suited for wielding weapons, Black Mages easily bend destructive black magic spells to their will.
Dawn of Souls instructions
The Black Mage is the most potent offensive spellcasting class available to the Light Warriors in the original Final Fantasy. It has the lowest HP but can inflict negative status effects, bolster allies' offensive capabilities, and deal heavy damage to groups of enemies via Black Magic.
The Black Mage is wreathed in blue robes with only a pair of eyes peeking out from beneath the shadow cast by their large, pointed hat. The Black Mage's design has remained unchanged across all remakes, its sprites varying only in art style and poses.
In the Final Fantasy: Memory of Heroes official novelization, one of the Warriors of Light is a Black Mage named Teol (テウ, Teu?). He carries the Earth Crystal and is a silent type whose every word counts. He is a kindhearted and quiet man, who is highly intelligent and in tune with beasts and other aspects of nature.
Black Wizard[edit | edit source]
After completing the Citadel of Trials, Bahamut, the Dragon King, upgrades all Black Mage party members to the rank of Black Wizard (くろまどうし, Kuromadoushi?, lit. Black Sorcerer) enabling them to cast higher level spells and equip better weapons and armor. While the NES depiction has a visible face and hair, all versions starting from the WonderSwan Color release change the job's outfit to retain the base Black Mage's face-concealing hat. The 20th Anniversary Edition depicts the Black Wizard in a costume identical to that of the Magus from the original version of Final Fantasy III.
Default names[edit | edit source]
The ten names for the Black Mage class are:
- Delilah - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Gilles - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Gungho - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Homac - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Kokkol - Character in Final Fantasy IV.
- Koko - Character in Final Fantasy V.
- Nina - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Stella - Character in Final Fantasy V.
- Topapa - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Zok - Character in Final Fantasy V.
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[edit | edit source]
The Black Mage makes a cameo as a tutor from the in-game manuals, occasionally making use of Spoonerism word play; for example, "Bart Stutton" as opposed to "Start Button".