Okay so you wanna PEW PEW in 2.4 as Black Mage? You came to the right place to find the gear you need to do just that. But before we begin let me say: due to the nature of BLM stats, as no stat is “wasted”, there are many configurations of BiS (Differin on personal stat preference). Each set having its own set of ups and down. I will first list what MY BiS would be if I mained a BLM. I will post other configurations.
For the sake of the table below, Augmented Ironworks and Dreadwyrm serve as natural fillers to each other even if not mentioned.
|BLM||BiS||Best Accuracy Filler|
|Weapon||Dreadwyrm Staff||Diamond Rod|
|Head||Ironworks Hood of Casting||HA Mask or Platinum|
|Body||Dreadwyrm Robe of Casting||Arachne Bolero|
|Hand||Dreadwyrm Gloves of Casting||HA Gloves|
|Waist||Dreadwyrm Belf of Casting||Evenstar Belt|
|Legs||Augmented Ironworks Breeches of Casting||Arachne or Evenstar|
|Boots||Ironworks boots of casting||HA Boots or Kirimu|
|Neck||Dreadwyrm Choker of Casting||HA Choker|
|Ears||Ironworks Earring of Casting||Evenstar Earrings|
|Wrist||Augmented Ironworks Bracelet of Casting||HA Wrist|
|Ring||Augmented Ironworks Ring of Casting||HA Ring|
|Ring||Dreadwyrm Ring of Casting||VIT/ACC Melded Diamond|
|Food||Sachertorte||Lava Toad Legs|
So this would be my BiS with the goal of having a huge amount of SPELLSPEED. You can, of course, come to similar final stats with a number of configurations. Notably built around the t11 chest drop. A huge upside for the list is that it hits accuracy cap without food.
Using the Augmented Ironworks Weapon allows you to use the Augmented Ironworks Chest. which is a good way to use up excess Poetics tomes (and 2 Carbontwine…) in case you’re not beating t13 anytime soon. Inversely, using HA Weapon until your get your Dread Staff doesn’t affect the balance of the build accuracy-wise.
Any Dreadwyrm gear without spellspeed should first be given to your Summoner if you’re sharing gear with one.
So what do Black Mages buy with Poetics tomes? And in what order? Saving up for weapon is only really good if you’re close to getting Carbontwine from Phoenix. Otherwise, HA makes a great alternative. If you’re going for the weapon, you’ll have a huge excess of accuracy which isn’t bad since you can mix and match gear!
- Legs are a legit choice. Dread drops in t13.
- (Weapon, though read the above)
- Boots. Dread drops in t11.
- Head. Dread drops in t10.
- Gloves. Dread drops in t10.
- Earrings. Dread drops in t13.
- Ring: forced. Dread drops in t10.
- Bracelet comes last since you can use True Ice as filler.
- The rest is optional.
2.4 BLM Crafted Gear Viability
As a general rule of thumb… ACCURACY and SPELL SPEED if it fits, followed by either DET or CRIT (pretty equal in my eyes, but I favor DET heavily for consistency). Heres some cost-effective melds.
Arachne Culottes of Casting is absolutely insane!! Only fits 12 more SS so (IV+II) or (III+III). My meld would be DET IV DET IV, SS III SS III.
Arachne Bolero is a good investment: It only has space for 12 ACC (2 Heavens eye III’s), so stick at least 2x DET IV’s there first.
Arachne Bolero is special because it’s the only high level coat with Accuracy aside from Dreadwyrm (which is BiS). Buying and melding one is a great investment for any aspiring BLM raider. Investing in both the Arachne chest and legs would save you from any accuracy troubles up to T13 and can potentially save you a metric ton of Poetics tomes. IF you have the Gil :D
Black Mages have no “wasted” stat so all the gear is technically usable. The two pieces above really stand out, though. For the sake of completion ill post how I would meld the other pieces (cost-effective). ACCURACY can be skipped if you bought the two things above, or generally have more than enough of it…
Platinum Circlet of Casting:
SS IV, SS IV, ACC III (Any SS in between or after)
Kirimu Gloves of Casting:
SS IV, SS IV, Any ACC or DET… (Final meld is SS III)
Kirimu Belt of Casting:
SS IV, SS IV, ACC III, ACC III, ACC III(Sub ACC for DET if abundant)
Kirimu Boots of Casting:
SS IV, SS IV, SS III, any DET III’s follow. (Only “fits” an ACC III if you wanna put it in there somewhere)