FF14 Black Mage Job Guide: Shadowbringers Changes, Rework, & Skills

Who needs friends when you have numbers like these?

Never believe a Final Fantasy 14 player that says “my damage is my utility.” That is unless they’re playing a Black Mage. This stationary turret of a DPS class basically stands still and blows up monsters. But they’re so damn good at it that they don’t have to do anything else! Well, that depends on how good the player is, of course. Why don’t we help ease you into the process of becoming a premiere, damage-dealing statue? It’s time for our FF14 job guide to the Black Mage in Shadowbringers.

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FF14 Jobs are all going through some major changes in Shadowbringers. The new expansion includes major reworks across the board, as well as two entirely new classes: Dancer and Gunbreaker. Between these additions and another massive payload of story content, Shadowbringers almost makes FF14 feel like an entirely new game. And that’s exactly why you might need help picking your new main Job or Jobs this time around. We’re here to help with another FF14 Job guide — this time for the soothing Bard class.

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Black Mage Role – FF14 Shadowbringers Guide

The Black Mage is one of the simplest DPS Jobs in FF14. You throw fireballs at enemies, then cool them (and yourself) off with ice. Then you do it all over again. The idea is to just throw out as much selfish ranged DPS as possible. Of course, as I hinted at above, this is totally acceptable in the case of a Black Mage. Even with their inconsistency — thanks to the fact that they can’t always attack while moving — the FF14 Black Mage still makes up for its shortcomings with huge numbers.

Less directly, Black Mages suffer from how common DPS players are in FF14. A Black Mage can’t often get “Hero in Need” XP and gil bonuses by participating in daily roulettes — except sometimes in Alliance Raids. This makes Black Mage (and any other DPS for that matter) somewhat harder to level up than tank Jobs and healers in Final Fantasy. On the upside, they’re a lot simpler to play than either of the other two roles.

Black Mage Rework – FF14 Shadowbringers Guide

The Black Mage is, well, perhaps the most untouched class in the entire Shadowbringers expansion. The class only lost one skill (to have it replaced with a better version). And even many of its existing skills have identical potency. Those abilities that did change were mostly just for the better — gaining increased potency or longer duration. Everything else was basically a quality-of-life update for the Black Mage overall.

The biggest, smoothest change is probably the addition of Aspect Mastery. This trait unlocks at level 72, and simply allows the Black Mage to switch from ice attacks to fire attacks for zero mana. Considering the Black Mage is still all about flopping between these two — fire for damage and ice for increase mana regeneration — that’s a welcome buff.

You can look at a full list of all the Black Mage changes in FF14: Shadowbringers right here!

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Black Mage Tips – FF14 Shadowbringers Guide

  • Master your “slide casting” timing. If you’ve ever cast a spell in FF14, there’s a good chance you’ve been doing this for a while and didn’t know it had a name. Slide casting is the process of moving a split second before you finish channeling a spell (indicated by the progress bar on-screen). This is based on latency, and you can technically move more with higher latency, but it’s usually only an instant before the end of the cast. But that split second can make all the difference when you need to dodge enemy AOE attacks. There’s a similar process, called “clip casting,” where you start casting your next spell before the screen says your previous one is done. Just practice and test this on your computer or console to see what you can get away with!
  • Know the fight. More than most DPS classes, you should always research a boss beforehand, similar to tank players. That’s because you need to know where to stand and when to dodge in order to keep casting. Constantly moving all the time will interrupt your spells (and your damage). And you don’t have melee moves to fall back on, like the Red Mage.
  • Fire and then ice. You basically always want to open with your fire spells. They do increasingly intense damage, but also cost more mana. Whereas your ice combos regenerate MP over time. The very basic rhythm is to spend all your mana on fire and then recharge it with ice. Starting with ice won’t do you any good, by contrast, because you should always start any big fight with full mana anyway.

How to Unlock the Black Mage Job – FF14 Shadowbringers Guide

There are two ways to unlock the Black Mage in FF14. The first is to simply start the game as the Thaumaturge class. This is the level 1-29 equivalent of the Black Mage — and will be able to upgrade to the full Job at level 30. On the other hand, if you’ve already started FF14 and want to switch, you just have to find the class in the world. Simply head to the Thaumaturge Guild in Ul’Dah. Speak to the attendant there to begin the quest that will put you on the path of the Black Mage Job in FF14. You will still need to begin at level one and work your way up, however.

That’s all for now, folks! Thanks for taking the time to read our guide to the Black Mage in FF14: Shadowbringers. We hope it helps you master this explosive DPS to the best of your ability. Until then, good luck learning the new reworks, abilities, and intricacies of the Black Mage going forward.