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Vivi Orunitia from Final Fantasy IX is a Black Mage.
The Black Mage (黒魔道師 or 黒魔道士 Kuromadoushi Lit. Black Magic Adherent) is a special 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 were given the "Focus" ability, which allowed them to store power for the next turn. However, their magic is their main focus. In this, Black Mages are one of the simplest, but most effective Jobs there is. Black Mages usually equip magical rods and staffs, 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 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

Main article: Black Mage (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.

Final Fantasy III

Main article: Black Mage (Final Fantasy III)
Main article: Magus

The Black Mage is a job class obtained from the Wind Crystal and have powerful magical stats. The Magus is very similar to the Black Mage, but learns stronger magic and has a larger equipment pool in exchange for different stat growth. It is obtained from the Earth Crystal.

Final Fantasy IV

Rydia and Palom are both Black Mages. 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: The After Years

Main article: Black Mage (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 charcers. More focus is put on Rydia's black magic for the first part of the game as she is unable to summon due to the summons being turned to stone or controlled by the villains.

Final Fantasy V

Main article: Black Mage (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.

Final Fantasy IX

Main article: Black Mage (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 proto-type Black Mage and has a significantly longer lifespan, and appears to have always been sentient.

Final Fantasy X

Concept art of the Black Mage were created for the game, but it was ultimately not used in the game (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 as well.

Final Fantasy X-2

Main article: Black Mage (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.

Final Fantasy XI

Main article: Black Mage (Final Fantasy XI)

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

Final Fantasy XII International

Main article: Black Mage (Final Fantasy XII)

The Black Mage class is associated with the Capricorn sign. They cast Black Magick and use Hand-Bombs and Staffs as their weapons.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings

Main article: Black Mage (Revenant Wings)

The Black Mage is a job for the Moogle Sky Pirate, and learns offensive magic as well as status magic. Kytes serves as the party's black mage.

Final Fantasy Tactics

Main article: Black 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

Main article: Black Mage (Final Fantasy Tactics Advance)

The Black Mage is a powerful magical job class. Nu Mou are best suited to being Black Mages as they have better magic power growth. Montblanc starts out with this job.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift

Main article: Black Mage (Final Fantasy Tactics A2)

The Black Mage uses offensive magic. As in Tactics Advance, Nu Mou are best suited to being Black Mages as they have better magic power growth. However, learning Black Mage skills is necessary for a Human character to gain the Blue Mage and Illusionist jobs.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King

Main article: Black Mage (My Life as a King)

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon

Main article: Croma

Croma is a recurring Black Mage in the Chocobo Series of games.

Dissidia Final Fantasy

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

Non-Final Fantasy Appearances

Mario Hoops 3-on-3

In Popular Culture

8-Bit Theater

  • 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 Dark Magician".


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