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Wizards whose powerful black magic strikes fear into enemies.

Description

The Black Mage is a job in Final Fantasy V obtained after the Wind Crystal shatters. It is the first fully offensive spellcasting job in the game (barring Blue Mage as they start with nothing), and is the first job to utilize elements in their attacks.

The Black Mage has the second-highest Magic Power, being beaten out by the Summoner in the original version, as well as the Oracle in the Advance, mobile and Steam remakes. As they can equip rods, the Black Mage is further capable of increasing their damage output of specific elements by 50%.

Mastering Black Mage for all four characters in the mobile and Steam versions earns the player the achievement "Master of Black Magic".

Profile[]

The party dons the iconic blue robes and pointy hat, which conceals their faces. Galuf keeps his beard, and Bartz resembles the Black Wizard from the original Final Fantasy. Krile most closely resembles the Black Mage design from the original Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy III. Bartz, Faris and Lenna wear a crescent moon symbol on their hat, while Krile has a star. The Black and White Mage attires indicate Faris is female before the party even finds out.

Abilities[]

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Black Magic allows access to the three basic elements (Fire, Ice, and Lightning), the Poison element, as well as a powerful non-elemental spell obtained late in the game. Black Magic allows access to some status ailment-inducing spells, as well as a HP and MP draining spell.

Any job equipped with Black Magic Level 1 will gain their character's base Freelancer Magic +16 if their default stat is lower. For each additional Black Magic level up to level 6, the Magic bonus is increased by 3 per level, for a maximum of +31 Magic at Black Magic Level 6.

Thus, the base Magic stat for a character with Black Magic equipped is as follows:

  • Black Magic Level 1 = Base Freelancer Magic +16
  • Black Magic Level 2 = Base Freelancer Magic +19
  • Black Magic Level 3 = Base Freelancer Magic +22
  • Black Magic Level 4 = Base Freelancer Magic +25
  • Black Magic Level 5 = Base Freelancer Magic +28
  • Black Magic Level 6 = Base Freelancer Magic +31

Upon mastery, Freelancers and Mimes gain the Black Mage's base Magic unless they already have a higher base from another mastered job.

After leveling up the Black Mage job, a character can have the Black Magic ability equipped on any other job and use any Black Magic spell whose associated level has been attained by the Black Mage. Therefore, to be able to use all Black Magic spells as a non-Black Mage, a character must level their Black Mage job up to level 6. Black Magic is the primary ability for Black Mages, who can use all Black Magic spells without the need to attain a spell's associated level first.

Level-up abilities[]

Black Magic is the job's innate command ability, natively able to use all spells of this classification. Leveling up as a Black Mage also allows the character's other jobs to use increasingly powerful spells with the skillset.

Level 1 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Black Magic (1)
Advance Name Black (1)
Anthology Name Black 1
AP Required 10
Type Command
Innate Y
Description Perform Black Magic.
Information Lets any Job cast Fire, Blizzard, and Thunder.
Level 2 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Black Magic (2)
Advance Name Black (2)
Anthology Name Black 2
AP Required 20
Type Command
Innate Y
Description Perform Black Magic.
Information Lets any Job additionally cast Poison, Sleep and Toad.
Level 3 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Black Magic (3)
Advance Name Black (3)
Anthology Name Black 3
AP Required 30
Type Command
Innate Y
Description Perform Black Magic.
Information Lets any Job additionally cast Fira, Blizzara, and Thundara.
Level 4 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Black Magic (4)
Advance Name Black (4)
Anthology Name Black 4
AP Required 50
Type Command
Innate Y
Description Perform Black Magic.
Information Lets any Job additionally cast Drain, Break, and Bio.
Level 5 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Black Magic (5)
Advance Name Black (5)
Anthology Name Black 5
AP Required 70
Type Command
Innate Y
Description Perform Black Magic.
Information Lets any Job additionally cast Firaga, Blizzaga, and Thundaga.
Level 6 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Black Magic (6)
Advance Name Black (6)
Anthology Name Black 6
AP Required 100
Type Command
Innate Y
Description Perform Black Magic.
Information Lets any Job additionally cast Flare, Death, and Osmose.
Level 7 Ability
Mobile/PC Name MP +30%
Advance Name MP +30%
Anthology Name MP +30%
AP Required 450
Type Support
Innate N
Description Increases maximum MP by 30%.
Information Increases the character's max MP by 30%.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Black Mage appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Ice-, Lightning-, and Fire-elemental Backup cards.

Triple Triad[]

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Black Mage appears on a Triple Triad card in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Gallery[]

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