Black Magic (黒魔法, Kuro Mahō?), sometimes shortened to Black, Blk Mag or Blk Magic, and known as Black Magick in games set in Ivalice, is a recurring command and one of the main types of magic in the Final Fantasy series. It focuses on spells that deal direct damage, although some strategic magic is often included as well. In titles that feature the job system, Black Magic is commonly associated with the Black Mage class, but is also usually available to Red Mages and Sages.
- 1 Appearances
- 1.1 Final Fantasy
- 1.2 Final Fantasy II
- 1.3 Final Fantasy III
- 1.4 Final Fantasy IV
- 1.5 Final Fantasy V
- 1.6 Final Fantasy IX
- 1.7 Final Fantasy X
- 1.8 Final Fantasy XI
- 1.9 Final Fantasy XII
- 1.10 Final Fantasy Tactics
- 1.11 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
- 1.12 Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
- 1.13 Final Fantasy Legend III
- 1.14 Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light
- 1.15 Final Fantasy Dimensions
- 1.16 Pictlogica Final Fantasy
- 1.17 Final Fantasy Record Keeper
- 1.18 Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
- 2 Non-Final Fantasy appearances
- 3 Gallery
- 4 Etymology
Black Magic is not a skill set, but a subcategory of spells. They can be taught to Ninja, Red Mages, Red Wizards, Black Mages, and Black Wizards, but only the last can use every Black Magic spell in the game.
Black Magic spells can be learned by any character, and their potency is tied to the Intelligence stat.
The magic system is similar to the one from the first installment. Black Magic spells can be taught to any character, but can only be used by Black Mages; Red Mages; Scholars; Magi; Sages and Onion Knights and Freelancers in the 3D remakes.
The Magic skill set was split into several specialized skillsets. Rydia, Tellah, Palom and Fusoya can learn and use Black Magic. The Black Magic command's Charge Time varies, and its charge time it taken from the spell the player selects to cast.
The Black Magic command returns and it is usable by Rydia, Palom, and Rydia?.
Black Magic is category of magic and is native to only 5 jobs, namely Black Mage, Red Mage, Dark Knight, Scholar and Geomancer. A majority of Black Magic spells specialize in dealing damage, negative status inflicting as well as stat lowering, and can be used by its various jobs at differing levels.
In the original, all characters can purchase Black Magick licenses to cast bought spells. All Black Magick spells deal magick damage.
Black Magick is used by Kytes, and he also gains the ability to charge up and then cast stronger spells.
Black Magick is the skill set of the Black Mage job.
Black Magic is the action ability of the Black Mage job.
Black Magick is the skill set of the the Black Mage, and shares learned abilities with High Magick for hume characters. Black Magick abilities are learned through Rods for Black Mages, and Books for Seers.
Black Magic is one of three types of magic spells in the game. The four elemental spells for this type are all used offensively on enemies.
Black Magic is one of the categories of magic spells in the game which consists mainly of damaging spells. However, there is a good amount of non-damaging spells that causes different effects from those of White Magic.
Black Magic is one of the categories of magic spells and can be equipped and used by any job.
Non-Final Fantasy appearances
Several RPG titles have taken direct influence from the Black Magic command from the Final Fantasy series.
As the successor to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, the recurring Black Mage job in the Bravely series has Black Magic as its default command, having access to Final Fantasy spells such as Fire, Blizzard, Poison, and Thunder. In addition, like Final Fantasy V, Red Mages have access to lower tiered Black Magics through the use of their B/W Magic command.
Bahamut Lagoon includes Black Magic as the command for the game's Wizard job, consisting of elemental and debuffing spells. While not using the Black Magic command directly, several other Squaresoft titles, such as the first three entries of the SaGa series (known as the Final Fantasy Legend trilogy in the West), Chrono Trigger, and I Am Setsuna feature many spells often classified as Black Magic in Final Fantasy as part of their damage and debuffing magic catalogue, with their Japanese versions even featuring the same tier systems for their upgraded forms.
The Mistwalker titles, Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey, feature a Black Magic command that is heavily inspired by the Final Fantasy version of the command. The Black Magic command in both titles feature spells such as Flare, Poison, Water, and Death. Like the Final Fantasy series with its tier system, the -a and -us are used for the second and third spell tiers. Both games were supervised by Final Fantasy series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.
Black magic has traditionally referred to the use of supernatural powers or magic for evil and selfish purposes. With respect to the philosophy of left-hand path and right-hand path, black magic is the malicious counterpart of benevolent white magic.