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Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Hands-On with Black Mage

29 May 2019

A couple of weeks ago we had the chance to sit down with an early build of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers at the media tour. During our time with the upcoming expansion, we had a chance to check out all of the Job changes.

You can find our master post about the media tour, and a list of links to each job here.

This article is based on play of an in-development build of FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers, and content in the final version is subject to change.

Caster Role Actions

Role Actions in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers will no longer be selectable. Once players obtain the level of the Role Action, it will be automatically unlocked. Depending on the Role, players will have a different number of actions available to them.

Black Mage will have the following Role Actions.

Black Mage

Black Mage just keeps adding more amazing looking spells. As a Summoner main, I have to admit, I have at best, superficial knowledge of this Job. But you know what? We’re all on a journey of discovery today. Let’s get into it.

The first new ability in Shadowbringers is Despair a single target Flare. Which immediately makes me want to learn how to play this version of the Job. Unlike Flare it can only be cast while Enochian is active. I have to admit, at first glance I had no idea why you’d use it, but also at level 72 (as of this build) Black Mage receives the trait Aspect Mastery, which allows you to cast a free spell of the opposite aspect when you are at full stacks of either aspect.

Other standouts are the Enhanced Enochian II which ups its damage buff while active to 15%, and the capstone ability Enhanced Polyglot that allows you to stack another Polyglot charge. Which you can use on the new spell Xenoglossy, the single target version of Foul that as of right now has simply crazy potency. I do really enjoy the addition of Umbral Soul, an ability that allows you to stockpile Umbral Ice stacks alongside Umbral Hearts during ticks of MP regen.

As far as I have seen, the additions to Black Mage in Shadowbringers just serve to add more options for single target damage and some fun wrinkles to managing your downtime. I will defer to all you Black Mage mains out there. Tell me something you learned from the tooltips. I might be in the market for a Staff instead of a Book one day.