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The Black Mage (黒魔道師? or 黒魔道士, Kuromadōshi?, lit. Black Sorcerer), also called Black Wizard or Black Witch and sometimes abbreviated as BLK or BLM (, Kuro?, lit. Black), is a job class in the Final Fantasy series, and is featured in several installments.


Black Mages wear outfits similar to classic wizards, consisting of blue robes and pointy hats, usually yellow or brown. Their faces are not visible in the shade of their hats, except for their eyes which shine brightly. A Black Mage's primary ability is to cast Black Magic, which usually consists of attack spells, but also contains some effect spells.

In later installments, Black Mages are given the Focus ability, which allows them to store power for the next turn. Their magic is their main focus and in this, Black Mages are one of the simplest but most effective jobs. Black Mages usually equip magical rods and staves, but also sometimes daggers. Their armor is limited to lightweight vests and mage robes. Black Mages, as with most mages, have high magical stats but low HP and defenses. The Magus job is a more powerful version of the Black Mage.

The Black Mage has become one of the most recognized symbols of the Final Fantasy series, similar to the name "Cid", chocobos, and moogles.


Final Fantasy[]

One of the six basic job classes, Black Mages have the lowest HP of any class, but have powerful magic. They upgrade to Black Wizards, which have even greater magical abilities. Once upgraded to Black Wizards, they can cast all black magic spells.

Final Fantasy II[]

Black Mages appear in Mysidia as non-playable characters, as well as in the magic shops. The shopkeepers are dressed in blue, while the non-playable ones are in orange.

Final Fantasy III[]

The Black Mage is a job class obtained from the Wind Crystal and has powerful magical stats.

Final Fantasy IV[]

Rydia and Palom are Black Mages (Black Wizard older translations). However, because Rydia is also a Summoner, she learns her Black Magic at a slower rate than Palom. Black Mages also appear as NPCs.

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-[]

Rydia?, Rydia, and Palom are all Black Mages. The imposter Rydia and Rydia are also Summoners. Black Mages also makes an appearance as NPCs in Baron Castle.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years[]

Black Mage is a character who, along with White Mage, accompanies Ceodore and the Hooded Man as they pass through the Devil's Road. Rydia and Palom also return as playable characters. More focus is put on Rydia's Black Magic for the first part of the game as she is unable to summon.

Final Fantasy V[]

The Black Mage is one of the first job classes received from the Wind Crystal. It focuses on using Black Magic, but the addition of the Mystic Knight hampers its effectiveness slightly, as Mystic Knights can enchant their swords with Black Magic and have much better equipment and offensive abilities than Black Mages. Though unlike the Mystic Knight the Black Mage can instantly cast thier magic and multi-target its spells.

Final Fantasy VIII[]

Black Mage seen in Triple Triad menu.

Black Mage makes a cameo in the Triple Triad tutorial, where a pointy-hatted Black Mage can been seen playing the card game.

Final Fantasy IX[]

The Black Mage is not a mere job class, but an entire race. Produced from Mist by Kuja's magic, the majority of Black Mages are soulless dolls who serve Kuja's whim to destroy kingdoms. However, a few have achieved sentience and live peaceful lives in the Black Mage Village. Vivi is the prototype Black Mage and has a significantly longer lifespan, and appears to have always been sentient.

Early concept art also shows a man job changed into a Black Mage.

Final Fantasy X[]

Concept art of the Black Mage was created, but it was ultimately not used (see gallery below). In the finished product, Lulu is a Black Mage, though due to the Sphere Grid system, all characters are capable of learning Black Magic. Despite being a black mage, Lulu's physical defense can grow quite strong as she traverses through her section of the sphere grid, which is quite atypical for this job class.

Final Fantasy X-2[]

The Black Mage dressphere focuses on offensive magic and learns several support abilities that enable them to cast magic faster. However, they cannot attack physically unless they are affected by Berserk or using Mug.

Final Fantasy XI[]

The Black Mage (BLM) is one of the six basic job classes available. They can cast strong spells and are the only job with access to higher level spells, including Ancient Magic. Tarutaru make natural Black Mages because of their high MP and Intelligence.

Final Fantasy XII[]

In the Zodiac versions, the Black Mage class is associated with the Capricorn sign. It can cast Black Magick and a few Green Magicks and uses Staves and Hand-bombs as weapons.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings[]

The Black Mage is a job for the moogle sky pirate, and learns offensive magick as well as status magic. Kytes serves as the party's Black Mage.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII[]

Lightning can obtain a garb modeled after the Black Mage job that has the abilities Rapid Fire Lv.2 and Quick Freeze Lv.2. Merchants interested in purchasing soul seeds also wear Black Mage hats. Lightning can obtain the Black Mage's Hood as an adornment.

Final Fantasy XIV[]


Black Mage (BLM) is the advanced job of the Thaumaturge Thaumaturge class. As a Black Mage, one has access to potent spells like Freeze and Flare.

A miniature black mage in the style of the original Final Fantasy is one of three possible outcomes of summoning the "Minion of Light" (the others being a Warrior and a White Mage).

Final Fantasy Tactics[]

The Black Mage has powerful magic that hits several enemies, but the spells cannot differentiate between friendly and hostile units.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance[]

Black Mage (BLK) is a job for humes, moogles, and nu mou who are able to learn Black Magic as a basic job. Nu mou are better suited to be raised as Black Mages because their magic power growth is better than that of moogles and humes.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift[]

Black Mage is a job usable by humes, nu mou, and moogles. Nu mou, with their higher Magick stat, are the best race for the job, though it also grants the highest Magick growth possible for humes and moogles.

Since Black Mages specialize in Black Magick, which deals elemental damage, they are especially useful in exploiting an enemy's elemental weakness, which can be done easily with the aid of the Geomancy support skill.

Final Fantasy Tactics S[]

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Crystal Defenders[]

A Black Mage's spell can inflict magickal damage to multiple targets over a wide area. However, recast time is long.

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Crystal Defenders: Vanguard Storm[]

While not powerful, a Black Mage's spells can reach enemies on land or in the air, even from a distance.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King[]

The Black Mage is a job class available to both Clavats and male Yukes. In order for Clavats to become Black Mages, the Black Mage Academy must first be built. Black Mages have low attack strength and hit points, but also have access to powerful elemental spells, enabling them to defeat some monsters resistant to physical attacks.

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light[]

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Black Mage is a crown obtained after defeating the Sand Devil at Quicksand Castle. It is a good addition in battle since they reduce the AP cost for using Black Magic by one, and they have a high Intellect stat. Their downside is having low HP.

Final Fantasy Dimensions[]

Black Mage is one the starting jobs and consequently available to both groups.

Final Fantasy Dimensions II[]

Artwork of the Black Mage.

The Black Mage is a wind-elemental Eidolon. It can be obtained as a signet for Jornee to equip and teaches her the Flare abilities.

In addition, Morrow, Wrieg, Parai, and the Deathlord are able to obtain Black Mage themed costumes from Babil Tower.

Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[]

In the Duel Colosseum, when selected, the Black Mage job card increases the appearance rate of battle cards.

Shantotto's gameplay is based on her status as a Black Mage in Final Fantasy XI. She uses the main Black Magic spells for damage and can inflict status ailments on enemies. During her EX Mode and in her alternate costumes, she wears typical Black Mage gear.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

The Black Mage job card appears in Labyrinth mode, and increases the frequency of secret cards appearing.

The Black Mage is also a job that can be selected for a character in the player's party for Quick Battle, Friend Cards, or wireless matches. It increases magic damage by 50%, and unlocks the advanced jobs Mystic Knight and Sage.

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[]

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Black Mage from Final Fantasy Tactics appears as an enemy.

Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[]

The Black Mage is a job available from the start. Their preferred weapons are rods and they specialize in Intelligence abilities.

Final Fantasy Artniks[]

The Black Mage appears as character cards.

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Final Fantasy Artniks Dive[]

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Final Fantasy All the Bravest[]

Black magic is destructive power in its purest form. Some mages just want to watch the world burn.


The Black Mage is a character available to the party, he uses the Thundaga ability during battle. He unlocks at level 5.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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A wielder of powerful magic, the black mage excels in dealing elemental damage and afflicting his enemies with maladies.


Black Mage appears as a recruitable character. He is unlocked along with White Mage in Mako Reactor No. 1 on Classic in Final Fantasy VII storyline as the Mastery Reward.

The Final Fantasy Tactics Black Mage also appears as an enemy.

Final Fantasy Explorers[]

The Black Mage is a job unlocked in the 1★ Tutorial Quest, "Ability Mutations Exam". The Black Mage is categorized as damager and has the highest magic stat. They can equip rods and tomes; after mastery staves and firearms can be equipped.

Final Fantasy Explorers-Force[]

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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[]

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Mobius Final Fantasy[]

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World of Final Fantasy[]

An NPC can be found in Cornelia dressed as a Black Mage.

Chocobo's Dungeon 2[]

Black Mages appear as enemies in the dungeons. Some of them also reside as researchers in the village, selling Tonics and running a "bestiary" statue hall.

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon[]

The Black Mage is a starter-level job for Chocobo. Croma is a recurring Black Mage.

Dice de Chocobo[]

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

The Black Mage job appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as multiple Backup cards, but also as a few Forward cards. Most of the cards are either Fire-, Lightning- or Ice-elemental, representing the three principle elements, but Earth-elemental cards are also present. The cards depict Arc, Luneth, Ingus, and Refia from Final Fantasy III, Lenna, Krile, Bartz, and Galuf from Final Fantasy V, the Black Mage job from Final Fantasy Tactics, a Hume, a Moogle, and a Nu Mou from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, a Hume from Final Fantasy Tactics A2, a Tarutaru and a Hume from Final Fantasy XI, a Yuke from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King, a Lalafell and a Hyurr from Final Fantasy XIV.

Triple Triad[]

Black Mages from the series appear on Triple Triad cards in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Samurai Rising[]

Black Mage was one of the playable jobs.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[]

Bravely series[]

In Bravely Default, the Black Mage is a job obtained very early by defeating Ominas Crowe in the Ruins of Centro Keep. Black Mages can target multiple enemies at once and require scrolls to use their elemental magic.

In Bravely Second: End Layer, the Black Mage is a job class obtained after defeating Ominas Crowe.

The Black Mage specializes in Black Magic, and boasts a variety of damage dealing spells and status-changing spells. The Black Mage retains strong magical skill but weak defensive and physical skill. The Black Mage relies heavily on rods as weapons, but can equip staves and daggers to a lesser degree.

Kingdom Hearts series[]

In the Kingdom Hearts series, several Heartless have faces identical to those of a Black Mage. Shadows, the weakest and most common form of Heartless, bear the iconic black face and body with yellow, glowing eyes. Certain Heartless that bear a black face and yellow eyes, such as the Blue Rhapsody, take this a step further because they are adorned with hats similar in design to a Black Mage's and almost appear to be wearing cloaks.

When Sora goes into Wisdom or Master Drive form in Halloween Town, his mask changes into an image of a Black Mage (half of a Black Mage for Master). Sora's AntiForm consists of a pitch black body with glowing yellow eyes that resemble classic Black Mages.

Vivi Ornitier from Final Fantasy IX, appears as a member of Seifer's Twilight Town Disciplinary Committee in Kingdom Hearts II. Vivi's unwillingly heavy involvement in the many oddities present in the early parts of the game may be a reference to his Final Fantasy IX counterpart as a Black Mage, as well as the large mysteries surrounding him in said game.

Donald Duck's Mage's Staff is adorned by a stylized Black Mage figure.

Several spells classified as Black Magic, which Black Mages are masters of, can be utilized throughout the series by multiple characters. Some Black Magic present within the Kingdom Hearts series includes Fire, Quake, and Meteor.

In Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross], players can have their female avatar dress like the Black Mage from Final Fantasy Record Keeper.

League of Legends[]

Classic Veigar.

In the PvP game, exists a champion called Veigar. While he is never referred to as a Black Mage, his abilities to cast powerful, destructive magic and his physical appearance would certainly point to an influence from the traditional Final Fantasy Black Mage.

Legend of Mana[]

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LoM - Black Mage Statue 2.png There are two statues of a Final Fantasy-style Black Mage: the first one is a Black Mage holding a staff found outside the Academy of Magic's entrance in Geo, while the second is found inside Mephianse's office on the lower area of his office in the middle reading a book.

Mario Hoops 3-on-3[]


The Black Mage appeared as a secret character. Black Mage's special shot is Meteor Shot. Rather than being wrapped around him, his cape is behind him and is only attached at the neck.

Mario Sports Mix[]

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Black Mage appears as a character. He is also included in 3-3 Star Ship Battle.

The Knights of Avalon[]

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For the collaboration project with Final Fantasy Brigade Break the Seal, a limited summoning magic stone "SR Chocobo" and collaboration armor of the White Mage and Black Mage were offered [1].

Square Enix Legend World[]

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The Black Mage version from Final Fantasy XI appears as a card.

Heavenstrike Rivals[]

Black Mage and Black Wizard are units and their ability is Discombobulate. Black Mage can be promoted to Black Wizard.

Puzzle & Dragons[]

The Black Mage appears as part of the Crystal Defenders collaboration.

Knights of the Crystals[]

The Black Mage appears on a gold card.

Samurai Rising[]

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The Black Mage appears as a job. This job specializes in long-range magic attacks, but the drawback is that it has low HP.

Minna to BIOHAZARD Clan Master[]

As a crossover collaboration with Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade, the Resident Evil smartphone card battle RPG Minna to BIOHAZARD Clan Master boasts character Ada Wong as a Black Mage. This is likely in correlation with how Ada was the "femme fatale" of series, including being the most well equipped character with unique and useful gadgets to aid her in her infiltration missions, and how her actions behind the scenes also affected events to be in favor of the protagonists.

In popular culture[]

Black Mage Evilwizardington is also a popular character in the web comic 8-Bit Theater. His character is a psychotic murderer with a hatred for everything except White Mage (whom he lusts over), pie, and cookies.

The Black Mage has a small cameo in the popular fan parody "Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged Series". When the other characters show off their favorite cards, Yugi holds up a card showing a Black Mage sprite from the original Final Fantasy and says "Mine's the Black Magician" (a Monster Card which original name is "Dark Magician").



The Cetra manifestation in the Temple of the Ancients resembles a typical Black Mage, albeit with a long white beard.

In Final Fantasy XIII-2, Noel Kreiss and Mog were given Black Mage outfits as downloadable content.