How do I become a Black Mage in ARR?
You need to level your Thaumaturge to 30 first and complete all MSQs (Sylph-management quest). If you’ve met these requirements, you can return to the Thaumaturge Guild in Ul’dah to get your quest to obtain the “Soul of the Black Mage“. Equipping the soul crystal will automatically “upgrade” your THM to BLM.
What’s the Black Mage playstyle?
Black Mages still use the Umbral Ice / Astral Fire mechanic. The five skills unlocked are mainly for utility. Convert gives you a deeper mana pool, allowing for longer burst sequences with Astral Fire. Apocatastasis and Manawall are nice defensive skills to have (Manawall being extremely useful in both PvE and PvP). Freeze is a great AoE CC.
Ultimately, only Flare “changes” your playstyle a bit. It basically functions as a second Transpose, giving you three stacks of Astral Fire immediately but does burn all your mana.
What are good Black Mage stats?
You’re still going to want as much INT as you can get. The only other remotely useful primary stats are PIE and VIT. As for the secondary stat, SPELL SPEED is what you need.
What are the Black Mage Traits?
As of now, there are no advanced job specific traits. You inherit all Thaumaturge traits you’ve already learned.
What are the Black Mage Skills?
Aside from the skills below, you may use any skill you’ve learned as a Thaumaturge.
|Sacrifices 20% of maximum HP to restore 30% of MP.|
Cannot be executed when current HP is lower than 20%.
|Covers a designated area in ice, dealing ice damage with a potency of 100 and binding enemies that enter.|
Additional Effect: Grants Umbral Ice or removes Astral Fire
|Increases a Disciple of War or Magic party member's resistance to fire, ice, and lightning by 30%.|
Cannot be reused on an individual for 60 seconds from when the effect wears off. Cannot be cast on self.
|Creates a barrier that nullifies two physical attacks.|
|Deals fire damage with a potency of 260 to a target and enemies near it.|
Additional Effect: Grants Astral Fire III or removes Umbral Ice Duration: 10s
How many role actions can I use?
When choosing advanced job, the amount of role actions you may equip decrease to a total of 5 (as compared to 10). Read more on Caster DPS Role Actions.
Do I have to level up Black Mage separately?
No, your EXP in Black Mage rises as you level up your Thaumaturge class.
Any other Black Mage Guides and Resources?
As we learn more about each job, we will be linking useful guides in each Job page, as well as our community discussion on the Job.