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Blk Mag is Vivi's skillset in Final Fantasy IX allowing him to use Black Magic spells. If Steiner is also in the party, Vivi's Black Magic can be used as part of his Sword Magic. In Trance Vivi's Blk Mag turns into Dbl Blk that allows Vivi to cast two spells per turn.

Black Magic spells include offensive elemental and non-elemental spells, and spells that inflict status ailments. If a single-target by default spell is used against multiple enemies, the spell deals half damage (if damaging spell) or the infliction rate is halved (if status spell) to each enemy regardless of the number of enemies. This does not apply to magic attacks that also inflict statuses at a fixed rate, e.g. Bio, whose chance to inflict Poison is always 20%; multi-targeting Bio only lowers its power.

Blk Mag command is sealed in Oeilvert.

Using Black Magic 100 times yields an achievement in the mobile and Steam versions of the game.

Mechanics[]

Multi-targeting a spell.

Black Magic is learned from equipment by accumulating Ability Points in battle. Black Magic spells' power is mostly based on Vivi's Level, Magic stats and the Spell Power of the spell. The best effects s achieved by using elemental spells on enemies who are weak to them. Damage is reduced by the target's Shell, Vivi being under Mini, and if the player multi-targets the spell (unless the spell is naturally multi-target).

In Trance, Blk Mag turns into Dbl Blk (W黒魔法, W Kuro Mahō?, lit. Double Black Magic) where Vivi can cast two spells on his turn. The spells cost MP and expend the Trance gauge independently. Occasionally, enemies can take turns in between the first and second cast.

Vivi can use the Focus ability to increase his Magic during that battle by +25% per use. Vivi can stack the effect but once the Magic stat reaches 99, it will not increase further. The effect lasts for the entire battle, even if KO'd.

Black Magic spells are compatible with Return Magic ability, which Vivi also learns. With Reflect-Null, Vivi can bypass targets' Reflect status, and with Reflectx2, he can power up the spells by bouncing them off a reflected ally. With Mag Elem Null, every Black Magic spell can be rendered non-elemental. Elemental spells can be empowered with certain equipment pieces that boost the equipper's Elem-Atk; the player can find which equipment pieces do this with the "help moogle" function (Square on the PlayStation).

List of Black Magic spells[]

Name Equipment Spell Power(Spl Pwr) MP AP Description
Fire Mage Staff, Leather Hat 14 6 20 Minor Fire-elemental damage to single/multiple targets.
Causes Fire damage to single/multiple targets.
Fira Flame Staff, Mage's Hat, Topaz, Power Belt 29 12 50 Moderate Fire-elemental damage to single/multiple targets.
Causes a lot of Fire damage to single/multiple targets.
Firaga Octagon Rod 72 24 75 Major Fire-elemental damage to single/multiple targets.
Causes big-time Fire damage to single/multiple targets.
Sleep Flame Staff 10 20 Inflicts Sleep to single/multiple targets. Has a 50% base accuracy.
Puts single/multiple targets to sleep.
Blizzard Leather Wrist 14 6 25 Minor Ice-elemental damage to single/multiple targets.
Causes Ice damage to single/multiple targets.
Blizzara Ice Staff, Opal 29 12 50 Moderate Ice-elemental damage to single/multiple targets.
Causes a lot of Ice damage to single/multiple targets.
Blizzaga Octagon Rod 72 24 85 Major Ice-elemental damage to single/multiple targets.
Causes big-time Ice damage to single/multiple targets.
Slow Ice Staff, Magus Hat - 6 20 Reduces target's speed by half on one target. Has a 60% base accuracy.
Slows down ATB Gauge.
Thunder Glass Buckle, Silk Shirt 14 6 25 Minor Lightning-elemental damage to single/multiple targets.
Causes Thunder damage to single/multiple targets.
Thundara Lightning Staff, Peridot 29 12 50 Moderate Lightning-elemental damage to single/multiple targets.
Causes a lot of Thunder damage to single/multiple targets.
Thundaga Octagon Rod 72 24 80 Major Lightning-elemental damage to single/multiple targets.
Causes big-time Thunder damage to single/multiple targets.
Stop Oak Staff 8 25 Target is frozen in time and is considered KO'd. EXP, Gil, and Items are not won. Has a 40% base accuracy.
Stops targets from taking any action.
Poison Lightning Staff 8 35 Inflict Poison to single/multiple targets. Has a 60% base accuracy.
Causes Poison to single/multiple targets.
Bio Oak Staff 42 18 40 Moderate non-elemental damage to single/multiple targets and may Poison targets. Has a 20% accuracy inflicting Poison.
Causes Non-elemental damage and Poison to single/multiple targets.
Osmose High Mage Staff, Gaia Gear 15 2 70 Steal MP from target to restore own MP, may damage his MP if the target is Undead.
Absorbs MP from the target and transfers it to the spell caster.
Drain Oak Staff 32 14 60 Steals HP from target to restore own HP, may damage him if the target is Undead.
Drains HP from the target and transfers it to the spell caster.
Demi Cypress Pile, Amethyst, Black Belt 30 18 30 30% of Max HP dealt as damage to single/multiple targets. Has a 40% accuracy.
Amount of damage depends on the target's HP.
Comet Cypress Pile 56 16 55 Inflicts random non-elemental damage to one target based on the following formula:

56 * A random number between 1 and (Vivi's Level + Vivi's Magic stat)

Causes Non-elemental damage.
Death Black Hood - 20 45 Inflicts Instant Death on one target. Has a 35% base accuracy.
KOs the target.
Break Cypress Pile - 18 30 Inflicts Petrify on one target. Has a 40% base accuracy.
Causes Petrify.
Water N-Kai Armlet 64 22 55 Moderate Water elemental damage to single/multiple targets.
Causes Water damage to single/multiple targets.
Meteor High Mage Staff 88 42 95 Random non-elemental damage to all enemies, ranging from minimal to extreme. May 'fizzle' out, resulting in a miss. Inflicts damage based on the following formula:

88 * A random number between 1 and (Vivi's Level + Vivi's Magic stat)[1]

Causes Non-elemental damage to all enemies.
Flare Black Robe 119 40 95 Major non-elemental damage to one target.
Causes Non-elemental damage.
Doomsday Mace of Zeus 112 72 150 Massive Shadow elemental damage to all enemies and allies.
Causes Shadow damage to all targets.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV[]

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Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia[]

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Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[]

Some of Vivi's Blk Mag spells appear.

Ability Cards
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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[]

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Etymology[]

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.

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