Black Mage

Along with several others, the Black Mage (usually 黒魔道士 / 黒魔導士 [kuro madoushi] in Japanese, but also 黒魔術士 [kuro majutsushi]) is one of the most iconic jobs in Final Fantasies. It has been present from the very beginning at FF1, and is instantly recognizable with its dark blue robes, yellow hats and glowing eyes. Black Wizard was its original advanced job, and other similar ones include Magus, Sage and Scholar among others.
Black Mages are casters of damaging and enfeebling spells of all types. They are feeble of body but great of mind. Several examples of black mages are Palom of FF4, Vivi Ornitier of FF9, Lulu of FF10, Shantotto of FF11, Kytes of FF12RW and Ququruka of FF14.

Final Fantasy I

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Final Fantasy III

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Final Fantasy V

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"Wizards whose powerful black magic strikes fear into enemies"

While Black Mage is a basic job, it is not nearly as vital to the party as its counterpart White Mage. In fact, Black Mage can be safely ignored if you wish so, in favor of other magic damage-dealing jobs that you obtain later on.

Basics
Unlock: Wind Crystal
Command Ability: Black Magic
Innate Abilities: -
AP to Master: 580
Bonuses on Mastering (for FRE/MIM): MAG

Stats

Stat Modifiers
Strength: -9
Agility: +0
Stamina: -2
Magic: +31

Abilities

Level 1: Black Magic 1 (10 AP)
Level 2: Black Magic 2 (20 AP)
Level 3: Black Magic 3 (30 AP)
Level 4: Black Magic 4 (50 AP)
Level 5: Black Magic 5 (70 AP)
Level 6: Black Magic 6 (100 AP)
Level 7: MP+30% (400 AP)

Level Spells
Black Magic 1 Fire, Blizzard, Thunder
Black Magic 2 Poison, Sleep, Toad
Black Magic 3 Fira, Blizzara, Thundara
Black Magic 4 Drain, Break, Bio
Black Magic 5 Firaga, Blizzaga, Thundaga
Black Magic 6 Flare, Death, Osmose

Equipment

Weapons: Rod, Dagger
Shield: -
Head: Hats
Body: Robes
Special Accessories: Armlets

Final Fantasy XI

Black Mage is one of the basic jobs in FF11. See here for an in-depth look at the job.

Final Fantasy XIV

Black Mage is one of the jobs in FF14. See here for an in-depth look at the job.

Final Fantasy Tactics

A warrior who uses Black Magicks to channel elemental powers into powerful offensive spells.

Basics
Unlock: Chemist lv2
Unlocks: lv4 Time Mage, lv5 (+others) Arithmetician, Master (+others) Dark Knight
Command Ability: Black Magicks
Innate Abilities: -
JP to Master: 8,400

Stats

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Stat Modifications
HP D, MP A-
Phys Atk D, Mag Atk B
SPD C
Phys EVA 5%, Mag EVA 0%
Move 3, Jump 3

Growth Rate for Stats
HP ★★, MP ★★★★★
Phys Atk ★★, Mag Atk ★
SPD ★

Abilities

Martial Arts
Fire (50 JP), Fira (200 JP), Firaga (500 JP), Firaja (900 JP)
Thunder (50 JP), Thundara (200 JP), Thundaga (500 JP), Thundaja (900 JP)
Blizzard (50 JP), Blizzara (200 JP), Blizzaga (500 JP), Blizzaja (900 JP)
Poison (150 JP)
Toad (500 JP)
Death (600 JP)
Flare (1,000 JP)

Reaction Abilities
Magick Counter (800 JP)

Support Abilities
Arcane Strength (400 JP)

Equipment

Weapons: Rods
Shield: -
Head: Hats
Body: Clothes, Robes

Tactics Advance

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Grimoire of the Rift

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My Life as a King

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Dimensions

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4 Heroes of Light

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Explorers

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Basics
Role: Damager
Unlock: clear Ability Mutation Exam
Condition to Master: clear 10 quests with Black Mage
Master: clear Black Mage's Master Trial

Note that this job is 黒魔道士 [kuromadoushi] in Japanese.

Stats

Note that as jobs don't level up in Explorers, your only two ways to get more are to equip better equipment, and to master your job. Black Mage's basic stats are listed in the below table.

HP AP Load
Default 2,860 2,400 150
Master 3,460 2,850 150
STR ACC MAG MND CNC P.DEF M.DEF P.EVA M.EVA MOV LCK
31 40 74 25 61 18 80 28 37 108 28

Abilities

Unique Ability: Barrier
Default Abilities (default): Gather Magic, Equip Rods, Equip Tomes
Default Abilities (Master): Equip Staves, Equip Daggers, Dual Wield
Proficiency: Black Magic

Equipment

Weapons (default): Rods, Tomes
Weapons (Master): Staves, Daggers

Mobius

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Basics
Unlock: Card Summon
Type: Mage
Elements: Water, Wind, Earth
Limit Break: Bio Blaster
Advanced Jobs: Arch Mage
Superior Jobs: Magic Master

Stats

Note that in addition to the basic stats below, the various Skill Panel modifications and various abilities from the weapon and ability cards set for this job affect its stats.

Critical: ★★★
Speed: ★★★★
Defense: -

Level HP ATK BRK MAG
0 540 26 23 0
50 1,080 55 49 15
100 1,620 82 73 30
150 2,160 111 99 45

For comparison, below are the stats of the Black Mage job with all of the Skill Panel modifications added in. Note that this still means the stats from weapon and ability cards need to be added for the complete stats.

Critical: ★★★
Speed: ★★★★
Defense: -

Level HP ATK BRK MAG
0 3,290 236 93 555%
50 3,830 265 119 570%
100 4,370 292 143 585%
150 4,910 321 169 600%

Skill Panels

Total Seeds Required
Skill Panel 1st: 202,475 Water Seed, 92,910 Wind Seed, 43,100 Earth Seed, 6,345 Fire Seed, 6,605 Dark Seed, 3,605 Light Seed, 10 Crystal
Skill Panel 2nd: 492,165 Water Seed, 215,560 Wind Seed, 67,000 Earth Seed, 21,450 Fire Seed, 13,500 Dark Seed, 8,750 Light Seed, 14 Crystal
All: 694,640 Water Seed, 308,470 Wind Seed, 110,100 Earth Seed, 27,795 Fire Seed, 20,105 Dark Seed, 12,355 Light Seed, 24 Crystal

Weapons Gained
Skill Panel 1st: Arcana Staff
Skill Panel 2nd: True Scale

Total Skills Gained
Skill Panel 1st: HP +1,100, ATK +70, Break +30, MAG +240%, Element Starter +8, Break Turns +2, Strengthen Job Limit Break Lv5, Strengthen Water +10%, Strengthen Wind +10%, Strengthen Earth +10%, Resist Water +20%, Resist Bio +20%, Resist MAG Down +20%, Critical Faith, Critical Veil
Skill Panel 2nd: HP +1,650, ATK +140, Break +40, MAG +315%, Element Starter +8, Break Turns +2, Strengthen Job Limit Break Lv4, Strengthen Water +40%, Strengthen Wind +40%, Strengthen Earth +40%, Resist Water +25%, Resist Bio +30%, Resist MAG Down +30%, Weak Point Damage Up +20%, Critical Regen
All: HP +2,750, ATK +210, Break +70, MAG +555%, Element Starter +16, Break Turns +4, Strengthen Job Limit Break Lv9, Strengthen Water +50%, Strengthen Wind +50%, Strengthen Earth +50%, Resist Water +45%, Resist Bio +50%, Resist MAG Down +50%, Weak Point Damage Up +20%, Critical Faith, Critical Veil, Critical Regen

Skill Panel 1st
1-1
New job: Black Mage
(default)
ATK +3
(50 water)
HP +50
(5 wind)
Resist Water +5%
(50 water)
Break +3
(10 water)
Element Starter +1
(100 wind)
Strengthen Water +5%
(50 water)
ATK +5
(25 water)
MAG +10%
(10 water)
Element Starter +1
(100 water)
Resist Bio +20%
(40 wind)
MAG +10%
(40 water)
Strengthen Job Limit Break
(200 water)
MAG +10%
(40 wind)
HP +100
(50 water)
Arcana Staff
(1 Crystal)
1-2
Resist Water +5%
(240 water)
ATK +3
(100 water)
HP +50
(100 wind)
Critical: Faith
(600 water, 40 light)
Break +3
(100 water, 100 wind)
Element Starter +1
(600 wind, 40 dark)
Strengthen Wind +10%
(300 wind)
ATK +5
(100 water)
MAG +15%
(200 water)
Element Starter +1
(600 water, 40 light)
Break Turns +1
(800 wind, 40 dark)
MAG +10%
(200 water, 100 wind)
Strengthen Job Limit Break
(800 water)
MAG +10%
(200 wind)
HP +100
(200 water, 100 earth)
Arcana Staff+
(2 Crystal)
1-3
Water Resist +5%
(3,750 water)
ATK +9
(1,000 water, 420 fire)
HP +100
(1,000 wind)
Critical: Veil
(3,000 water, 3,000 wind)
Break +9
(1,000 water, 525 wind)
Element Starter +1
(6,000 wind, 525 dark)
Strengthen Water +5%
(4,200 water)
ATK +10
(1,000 water, 525 fire)
MAG +25%
(2,100 water)
Element Starter +1
(6,000 water, 525 light)
Resist MAG Down +20%
(3,000 water)
MAG +20%
(2,100 water, 1,000 wind)
Strengthen Job Limit Break
(6,000 water)
MAG +20%
(1,000 wind)
HP +200
(2,100 water, 1,000 earth)
Arcana Staff +2
(3 Crystal)
1-4
True Arcana Staff
(60,000 water)
ATK +15
(6,000 water, 2,400 fire)
HP +200
(6,000 wind)
Resist Water +5%
(9,000 water)
Break +15
(6,000 water, 1,500 wind)
Element Starter +1
(27,000 wind, 3,000 dark)
Strengthen Earth +10%
(36,000 earth)
ATK +20
(4,500 water, 3,000 fire)
MAG +50%
(9,000 water)
Element Starter +1
(27,000 water, 3,000 light)
Break Turns +1
(30,000 wind, 3,000 dark)
MAG +30%
(9,000 water, 4,500 wind)
Strengthen Job Limit Break
(24,000 water)
MAG +30%
(6,000 wind)
HP +300
(12,000 water, 6,000 earth)
New job: Arch Mage
(4 Crystal)
Skill Panel 2nd
2-1
Resist Water +5%
(15 water)
ATK +10
(15 water)
HP +100
(15 wind)
Resist Water +5%
(15 water)
Break +5
(15 water)
Element Starter +1
(15 wind)
Strengthen Water +15%
(15 water)
ATK +10
(15 water)
MAG +15%
(15 water)
Element Starter +1
(15 water)
Resist Bio +30%
(15 wind)
MAG +15%
(15 water)
Strengthen Job Limit Break
(15 water)
MAG +15%
(15 wind)
HP +150
(15 water)
True Scale
(2 Crystal)
2-2
Resist Water +5%
(25,000 water)
ATK +10
(3,000 water, 1,000 fire)
HP +100
(2,500 wind)
Critical: Regen
(5,000 water, 750 light)
Break +5
(2,500 water)
Element Starter +1
(15,000 wind, 1,000 dark)
Strengthen Wind +40%
(13,500 wind)
ATK +10
(2,000 water, 250 fire)
MAG +15%
(2,000 water, 2,000 fire)
Element Starter +1
(15,000 water, 1,500 light)
Break Turns +1
(13,500 wind, 1,000 dark)
MAG +15%
(5,000 water, 2,000 wind)
Strengthen Job Limit Break
(13,500 water)
MAG +15%
(2,500 wind)
HP +150
(5,000 water, 2,000 earth)
True Scale+
(3 Crystal)
2-3
Resist Water +5%
(40,000 water)
ATK +20
(4,000 water, 2,000 fire)
HP +200
(5,000 wind)
Weak Point Damage Up +20%
(8,000 water, 2,500 wind)
Break +10
(5,000 water)
Element Starter +1
(20,000 wind, 2,500 dark)
Strengthen Water +25%
(30,000 water)
ATK +20
(4,000 water, 700 fire)
MAG +30%
(4,000 water, 4,000 fire)
Element Starter +1
(20,000 water, 2,000 light)
Resist MAG Down +30%
(20,000 wind)
MAG +25%
(10,000 water, 4,000 wind)
Strengthen Job Limit Break
(20,000 water)
MAG +25%
(5,000 water, 5,000 wind)
HP +250
(10,000 water, 4,000 earth)
True Scale +2
(4 Crystal)
2-4
True True Scale
(90,000 water)
ATK +30
(9,000 water, 3,600 fire)
HP +300
(9,000 wind)
Water Resist +5%
(13,500 water)
Break +20
(9,000 water)
Element Starter +1
(40,000 wind, 4,500 dark)
Strengthen Earth +40%
(54,000 earth)
ATK +30
(7,000 water, 900 fire)
MAG +55%
(7,000 water, 7,000 fire)
Element Starter +1
(40,000 water, 4,500 light)
Break Turns +1
(45,000 wind, 4,500 dark)
MAG +50%
(18,000 water, 7,000 wind)
Strengthen Job Limit Break
(36,000 water)
MAG +40%
(9,000 wind, 6,500 water)
HP +400
(18,000 water, 7,000 earth)
New job: Magic Master
(5 Crystal)

Pictlogica

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Memoria Type: Normal, Number: 011, 012
Equip: Rod, Rarities: ♦ - ♦♦♦
Stats (grade I): HP 10-31, STR 1-3, DEF 0, SPD 10-14, INT 8-18, LCK 5
Stats (grade II): HP 24-68, STR 3-8, DEF 0, SPD 11-19, INT 15-33, LCK 4-5
Stats (grade III): HP ?-121, STR ?-15, DEF 0, SPD ?-29, INT ?-64, LCK ?-6
Job Skill: Manafont
Affinities: Physical x0.5, White magic x1.0, Black magic x2.0, Summoning x1.0, Against Flying x1.0

Fusion Items: Purple Drop, Black Mage Knowledge
Job Change: Black Mage I -> Magus II
Pictlogica Prize: 100 gil (male), 20 Black Element (female)
Obtain: Explore Yourself, Giant's Cave drop

Record Keeper

Stats

Job: Black Mage
Type: magical attacker
Obtain: during the tutorial
Obtain Memory Crystal: master Dali Village (Elite)
Obtain Memory Crystal II: clear Taejin's Tower 2 (Elite)

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Stat Level 1 Level 50 Level 65 Level 80 Level 99 SBs Dive
HP 84 1,792 2,314 2,837
ATK 5 50 63 77
DEF 4 34 45 56
MAG 8 88 109 129
MDEF 8 81 103 125
MND 6 62 79 96
ACC 20 22 23 24
EVA 20 22 23 24
SPD 69 91 99 107

Abilities

Abilities
Black Magic (Rarity 4)

Soul Breaks
Level 1 - Magic Might
Equip Light Rod (III) - Elemental Seal
Equip Fireshard - Firaga-All

Native Record Materia
Limit Break - Manafont I
Level 2 - Manafont II
Level 3 - Spread Flame

Equipment

Weapons
Daggers
Rods

Armor
Hats
Robes
Armlets

Accessory
Can equip

FF-TCG

Black Mages have appeared a whole lot of times in the FF-TCG series, under the elements of Fire, Ice, Lightning and Earth.

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1-006C Black Mage 1-107C Black Mage 2-020C Black Mage 2-056C Black Mage
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3-023C Black Mage 3-072C Black Mage 4-071C Black Mage 5-009C Black Mage
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5-043C Black Mage 6-005C Black Mage 6-063C Black Mage 7-027C Black Mage
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7-090C Black Mage 9-036C Black Mage 10-006C Black Mage 10-090C Black Mage

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