Black Mage Guide FFXIV 5.5

Levelling Up FFXIV Shadowbringers Black Mage

Welcome

Hello! If you are reading this section, then you might be thinking on whether you should learn Black Mage (BLM) as a job. Then you’ve come to the right place.

BLM is a job that is relatively easy to learn but can be tougher to master. It boasts some of the strongest damage in the game while feeling very rewarding when played well.

Getting to the level cap can take a while especially if you are starting from scratch. However don’t be disheartened! Enjoy the journey. It can be exciting learning a new job, however, take your time and pace yourself with learning how the job plays.

Do not worry about elements of the BLM rotation further down the line until you have the pieces of the puzzle readily available to interact with. It will make much better sense when all the tools are present.

Single Target

Before Lv. 40

  1. Fire spam until low mp
  2. Transpose to Umbral Ice
  3. Thunder
  4. Blizzard until max MP
  5. Transpose to Astral Fire

Repeat from 1.

Lv. 40-59

  1. Blizzard III
  2. Thunder III
  3. Optional Blizzard for MP tick, otherwise skip this step for 4.
  4. Fire III
  5. Fire spam until low MP

Repeat from 1.

Use F3P and T3P as you get them, but don’t cancel casts to use procs

Lv. 60-71

  1. Blizzard III
  2. Blizzard IV
  3. Thunder III
  4. Fire III
  5. Fire IV x 3
  6. Fire
  7. Fire IV x 3

Repeat from 1.

Foul whenever.

Lv. 72+

  1. Blizzard III
  2. Blizzard IV
  3. Thunder III
  4. Fire III
  5. Fire IV x 3
  6. Fire
  7. Fire IV x 3
  8. Despair

Repeat from 1.

Same as 60-71 with Despair at the end after the last Fire IV x 3.

Also the same as 80 just without Xenoglossy.

See the next page for better details.

AoE (3+ Targets)

Lv. 18-34

  1. Fire II spam until low mp
  2. Transpose
  3. Blizzard II until max mp
  4. Transpose

Repeat from 1.

Keep up your Thunder II DoT.

Lv. 35-49

Spam Freeze.

Keep up your Thunder II DoT.

Lv. 50-59

  1. Freeze
  2. Thunder II
  3. Fire III
  4. Fire II
  5. Fire II
  6. Flare
  7. Transpose

Repeat from 1.

Lv. 60-67

  1. Freeze
  2. Thunder II
  3. Fire III
  4. Fire IV 2-3 times
  5. Flare
  6. Transpose

Repeat from 1.

Save 800 MP for Flare.

Use 50-59 AOE Rotation at 5+ enemies

Lv. 68-71

  1. Freeze
  2. Thunder IV
  3. Fire III
  4. Flare
  5. Flare
  6. Transpose

Repeat from 1.

Lv. 72+

  1. Freeze
  2. Thunder IV
  3. Fire III
  4. Flare
  5. Flare

Repeat from 1.

Same as 80. See the AOE section for a better explanation.

General Notes

For all AoE, use Thundercloud procs on T2 / T4 as you get them.

Swiftcast / Triplecast your Flares. Manafont for an extra Flare.

Foul after Transpose or Freeze.

With that, those are the last tools and improvements you will gain until you hit Lv. 80.

Congratulations on reading through this whole levelling up section - we hope that your leveling experience was fun and smooth!

If you wish to know more on how endgame Black Mage plays, read on!