Black Mage DPS Rotation, Openers, and Abilities — Endwalker 6.2

Last updated on Aug 28, 2022 at 05:53 by Rika and Tsumi 1 comment

On this page, you will learn how to optimise your opener and rotation in both single-target and multi-target situations. We also cover the use of your cooldowns, to ensure you can achieve the best use of them every time as a Black Mage DPS in Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (Patch 6.2).

1.

Black Mage Rotation Guide

This page covers the endgame rotation for Black Mage. The base rotation for Black Mage is fairly simple, structured around maintaining Astral Fire/Umbral Ice while using long, potent casts like Fire IV Icon Fire IV and Despair Icon Despair. The rotation has some flexibility which can be utilized in order to keep the Thunder III Icon Thunder III DoT up, use Xenoglossy Icon Xenoglossy as needed, and overall provide some level of leniency. As a Black Mage, your goal is to take advantage of this flexibility as well as other personal utility and resources to keep casting as much as possible amidst mechanics, making as few concessions to your rotation as possible.

2.

Basic Black Mage Concepts/Resources

Below is an overview of various high-level concepts and resources utilized by Black Mage throughout the rotation.

2.1.

Astral Fire/Umbral Ice

Astral Fire provides increased damage to all fire-aspected spells while doubling their MP cost. Ice-aspected spells have lowered potency and are free in Astral Fire. At three stacks of Astral Fire, ice-aspected spell cast times are reduced by half. Astral Fire halts regular MP recovery other than Manafont and Ethers. Below is a table displaying the effects of Astral Fire:

Fire Spells Ice Spells
MP cost Damage MP cost Damage Cast time
1 stack 2x 1.4x 0x 0.9x 1x
2 stacks 2x 1.6x 0x 0.8x 1x
3 stacks 2x 1.8x 0x 0.7x 0.5x

Umbral Ice increases MP recovery while lowering the damage of fire-aspected spells. At three stacks of Umbral Ice, ice-aspected spells are free, and fire-aspected spell cast times are reduced by half. Below is a table detailing the effects of Umbral Ice:

MP Recovery Fire Spells Ice Spells
MP cost Damage Cast time MP cost
1 stack 3200 MP/tick 0x 0.9x 1x 0.75x
2 stacks 4700 MP/tick 0x 0.8x 1x 0.5x
3 stacks 6200 MP/tick 0x 0.7x 0.5x 0x
2.2.

Enochian/Polyglot

Enochian grants a passive damage bonus while Astral Fire or Umbral Ice is active. Enochian remains active while switching between phases, and it is only lost when letting the Astral Fire or Umbral Ice timer run out. Maintaining Enochian for 30 seconds provides a charge of Polyglot, allowing for the use of Xenoglossy Icon Xenoglossy and Foul Icon Foul. Due to this, it is a high priority to maintain Enochian throughout your rotation, as well as during downtime.

2.3.

Umbral Hearts

Umbral Hearts are obtained in single-target by using Blizzard IV Icon Blizzard IV, during AoE via Freeze Icon Freeze, and built up during downtime via Umbral Soul Icon Umbral Soul. Umbral Hearts negate the increased MP cost of fire-aspected spells (other than Flare Icon Flare/Despair Icon Despair) in Astral Fire, using up one Umbral Heart per spell. Casting Flare Icon Flare with Umbral Hearts will use up all remaining hearts and lower the cost of Flare by a third.

2.4.

Paradox

Paradox Icon Paradox replaces both Fire Icon Fire and Blizzard Icon Blizzard on your hotbars when conditions are met. It should be used in the middle of your Astral Fire phase to refresh the timer, as well as during Umbral Ice as a strong, instant cast spell. You can generate a charge of Paradox by swapping from Astral Fire III to Umbral Ice, as well as from Umbral Ice III with three Umbral Hearts back to Astral Fire.

3.

Spell Rotation

The overall flow of the single-target rotation for Black Mage revolves around spending all of your MP in Astral Fire, ending in Despair Icon Despair, then switching over to Umbral Ice to recover MP. Since our main spell in Astral Fire, Fire IV Icon Fire IV, does not refresh Astral Fire, you must use Paradox Icon Paradox in the middle of the phase to do so. This is how your base rotation should look:

  1. Blizzard III Icon Blizzard III
  2. Blizzard IV Icon Blizzard IV
  3. Paradox Icon Paradox
  4. Fire III Icon Fire III
  5. Fire IV Icon Fire IV x3
  6. Paradox Icon Paradox
  7. Fire IV Icon Fire IV x3
  8. Despair Icon Despair
3.1.

Thunder

Instead of having a set place in the rotation, Thunder III Icon Thunder III should be used when the DoT is about to fall off on the target. Ideally, this is paired with Sharpcast Icon Sharpcast every 30s in order to maintain the DoT with Thundercloud procs. Regardless of Spell Speed, there is extra room for two additional spells each Astral Fire cycle (one between the Fire III and Paradox, the other between the Paradox and Despair) which can be utilized to refresh Thunder even mid-Astral Fire without losing out on any Fire IV Icon Fire IV casts.

3.2.

Xenoglossy

Like Thunder III Icon Thunder III, Xenoglossy Icon Xenoglossy does not have a set place in the rotation. Xenoglossy costs one Polyglot charge to cast and is your strongest spell, so it is vital to not miss uses in a fight. However, being able to hold onto two Polyglot stacks without overcapping allows flexibility in its use - since it is instant cast, it is useful for helping with movement, weaving abilities, and dumping excess charges under buffs. If not needed for anything specific, it should just be used before overcapping on Polyglot stacks, and all charges used up before the end of a fight.

4.

Off-Global Cooldown Abilities

The off-global cooldown abilities for Black Mage do not directly deal damage or increase damage dealt. However, they increase the rate at which you can cast spells, as well as enable uptime while dealing with movement and mechanics. As a result, utilizing these abilities properly can have a large effect on your damage output.

4.1.

Ley Lines

Standing within your Ley Lines Icon Ley Lines grants a buff that decreases both cast and recast time of all of your spells. Therefore, even instant-cast spells still gain benefit when used within Ley Lines, and there is no specific need to line it up with Astral Fire. Since you need to stay within your Ley Lines to benefit from them, timing and placement are important to consider to maximize your Ley Lines uptime in a given fight.

4.2.

Triplecast/Swiftcast

Black Mage has a few spells that have a longer cast time than recast - notably for single-target, Fire IV Icon Fire IV, and Despair Icon Despair. Since using Triplecast Icon Triplecast and Swiftcast Icon Swiftcast removes the cast time for spells they are used on, you can gain a small amount of time with each Fire IV/Despair that you use them on. This will ultimately lead to more casts over the course of an encounter, so it is recommended to aim to maximize uses of both abilities in a fight. However, both of these abilities can also be used to keep casting uptime while moving. If using them in a given situation allows for extra casts that you would not get otherwise from using your other abilities, it can be worthwhile to plan for their use there, even if they do not end up on Fire IV/Despair.

4.3.

Sharpcast

Using Sharpcast Icon Sharpcast grants a 30-second buff. Using Paradox Icon Paradox in Astral Fire while the buff is active grants a Firestarter proc (free, instant cast Fire III Icon Fire III), and using any thunder spell (including a proc) while Sharpcast is active grants a Thundercloud proc (refreshes Thunder DoT with extra on-hit potency). It is generally recommended to prioritize Sharpcast use with Thunder III Icon Thunder III - Sharpcast is a 30-second cooldown, the Thunder III DoT lasts for 30s, and a Thundercloud proc lasts for 40s, which means it is viable to guarantee maintaining the DoT completely via Thundercloud procs. However, if it is difficult/unviable to sharp Thunder in a given situation, it is still comparable to sharp Paradox instead.

4.4.

Other Abilities

Manafont Icon Manafont can be used at the end of an Astral Fire cycle for an additional Fire IV Icon Fire IV and Despair Icon Despair for single-target, or an additional Flare Icon Flare for AoE.

Amplifier Icon Amplifier should be used approximately on cooldown to allow for maximum charges of Polyglot in a fight.

Aetherial Manipulation Icon Aetherial Manipulation can be used to quickly move to a party member, which can be very useful when a longer-distance movement is required for a mechanic where a party member may already be in a good position.

Transpose Icon Transpose can be used when ending uptime phases in Astral Fire in order to use Umbral Soul Icon Umbral Soul during downtime or as a last resort with low Astral Fire timer to prevent dropping Enochian.

Manaward Icon Manaward provides a personal shield to help live through some damage, either planned for proactively for big hits or reactively used in the case of mistakes.

5.

Opener

The general purpose opener for Black Mage, generally referred to as the "Fire III Opener," is listed below. You may choose to alter the opener slightly based on fight-specific requirements/alignment (e.g., prepull Ley Lines, Triplecast moved until after the first F4 to save one charge of Triplecast for movement, skipping the Xenoglossy, etc).

  1. Use Sharpcast Icon Sharpcast around 12 seconds before pull
  2. Precast Fire III Icon Fire III around 4 seconds before pull
  3. Thunder III Icon Thunder IIITriplecast Icon Triplecast
  4. Fire IV Icon Fire IVGrade 6 Tincture of Intelligence Icon Grade 6 Tincture of Intelligence
  5. Fire IV Icon Fire IVAmplifier Icon Amplifier + Ley Lines Icon Ley Lines
  6. Fire IV Icon Fire IVSwiftcast Icon Swiftcast
  7. Fire IV Icon Fire IVTriplecast Icon Triplecast
  8. Despair Icon DespairManafont Icon Manafont
  9. Fire IV Icon Fire IVSharpcast Icon Sharpcast
  10. Despair Icon Despair
  11. Blizzard III Icon Blizzard III
  12. Xenoglossy Icon Xenoglossy
  13. Paradox Icon Paradox
  14. Blizzard IV Icon Blizzard IV
  15. Thunder III Icon Thunder III
6.

Multi-Target Rotation

The multi-target rotation is somewhat similar to the single-target rotation, with some filler spells cut out in favor of an additional Flare.

6.1.

Two Targets

For two targets, use the general single-target rotation with the following substitutions:

  • Foul Icon Foul instead of Xenoglossy Icon Xenoglossy
  • High Blizzard II Icon High Blizzard II instead of Blizzard III Icon Blizzard III
  • High Fire II Icon High Fire II instead of Fire III Icon Fire III
  • Flare Icon Flare instead of Despair Icon Despair if you can make it instant-cast
  • Thunder III Icon Thunder III should be used on both targets (Sharpcast Icon Sharpcast is very useful for this)
6.2.

Three or More Targets

  1. High Blizzard II Icon High Blizzard II
  2. Freeze Icon Freeze
  3. Thunder IV Icon Thunder IV
  4. High Fire II Icon High Fire II x3
  5. Flare Icon Flare x2

Consider skipping one of the High Fire II Icon High Fire II casts when using Triplecast Icon Triplecast to catch both Flare Icon Flare casts. Manafont Icon Manafont has high value when used for a third Flare Icon Flare. Use Foul Icon Foul for movement/damage when available/needed.

7.

Changelog

  • 28 Aug. 2022: Updated for Patch 6.2
  • 20 Apr. 2022: Updated for Patch 6.1
  • 28 Feb. 2022: Guide added.
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