The Arcane Tome of DOOMâ„˘
Note from the Editor:
There are simply far too many great threads on this board to cram them all in stickies at the top of the first page. So I've spent the last three hours sifting through the 66+pages of this board to dig up the best nuggets of information I could find. If you read through them all, you'll find I've posted on almost all of them. This listing might be biased then, but I make a habit in posting in the threads I think are helpful, and I'm trying to assemble those threads here. You also may find that I've written a few of the threads myself. I put them in this compilation as an act of sheer hubris, but I hope you find them useful.
The beautiful thing about a link thread is that you can peruse it as you please, and read bits of information as a time. It will be long, but not nearly as long as collecting all the information in one post. If you come across anything I missed that you want in here, or if a new great thread comes out, simply leave a post here and I'll edit it in as fast as I can. Enjoy reading some of these posts, many you may have missed, and others simply forgotten.
EDIT: Just for those of you who've skimmed this over a few times, I'm placing a marker next to the threads that are new to the compilation! These markers will be removed after the thread has been updated twice.
Table of Contents:
Section One: READ THIS FIRST
BLM 101 -BlastolaQuetz FORMER STICKY!! READ!!
My apologies to Blastola for usurping his spot. This an EXCELLENT guide, and I recommend every Black Mage worth his salt to read this post. It's long, so set some time aside.
Black Mage Mentor Program -Pokemauler
This is a great idea. Come here if you are new to this job and want to find someone in game to help you out.
BLM: Debuff/Buff/Nuking/Partying/etc -KudomaBooYah
An older guide that contains a wealth of information, as well opinions from respected BLM forum posters. It has some slightly controversial views on BLM debuffs, but this doesn't detract from it's overall excellence.
How to Easily Magic Burst 100% of the Time! -Pullo
An older guide, but contains useful information for those starting out.
Stopping a Spell Midway -noneedforaname
Short but sweet, a tip even us veterans forget from time to time.
Guide for BLM/WHM level 25+ going to Yuhtunga Jungle -AtrU
Just getting out of Qufim? Check this out.
My name is Larry, and I am a Galka Black Mage -thewierdo
Racism hurts us all. Please, think of the Galka.
Vana'diel Monsters Weakness Table -link provided by Progenitor
The most complete listing of weaknesses AND strengths I've seen. Run it through =Babel Fish= to make sense of all the nuances. Not 100% accurate, I don't think, but you'll never need another table.
Manaburn: For Dummies v3 -President
If you want to get a manaburn going for the first time, I suggest reading this.
Another updated version, NOW WITH 66.23% more info!
Mana Burn Party (MBP) alternate leveling sites -OmegaManOne
A good guide for levelling areas, Manaburn or otherwise.
Dynamis guide for BLMs needed. -FriendlyGiant
What started as a request has become a guide of its own.
This is good information for those of you just hitting end-game.
BLMs Guide to Dynamis -AtrU
All the information you need compiled into one easy to read post! SNARF!
ENM Mine Shaft LV60 Solo BLM Guide -xAkuNeko
Want to know how to make 2000EXP in five minutes soloing as a BLM?
Deathtaru's Mini Guide for Easy SOLO BlackMage! -Deathtaru
A good guide showing mobs that are easy pickins.
Just a small amount of info... -Faulkon
A good, printable list of what level you get spells, WSs and abilities.
Section Two: Just Because You're a Mage, Doesn't Mean You Get To Run Around Naked
I've got a mogsafe full of armor and nothing to wear! -Progenitor
A General Guide to End Game equipment.
Progenitor's Guide to BLM level cap 20 gear -Progenitor
Progenitor's Guide to BLM level cap 30 gear -Progenitor
Progenitor's Guide to BLM level cap 40 gear -Progenitor
Progenitor's Guide to BLM level cap 50 gear -Progenitor
A very good series of equipment threads with Chains of Promathia areas in mind.
Duracell's Guide to Black Mage Equipment and Advanced Macros -DuracellPheonix
A good guide for the rich Black Mage. Recently updated with CoP info!
Black Mage Equipment Guide -Cesium
A brand new list, written for the frugal player. If you are just starting the game as a Black Mage, this is the equipment guide to read.
Moldavite Earring: A Guide -Ragnard
Great guide. You will want this sooner or later.
Uggalepih Pendant and Tonberry Hate -Rahskala
Definite proof that this droolicious neck piece gives a flat rate to MAB.
Food & Drink - What are best to use? -Zomye
No mage should go hungry.
Black Mage Spell Locations Guide -Seriiyah
If you're going to nuke, you need something to nuke with.
Printable BLM spells guide & locations -Fhqwghads
This is hard to read unless you print it, but it contains much more information than the stickied guide.
Blm AF Walkthrough -Ollorin
The one stop shop for BLM AF.
Weesol's Style Guide -Weesol
A great guide with good suggestions and up-to-date items.
Guide for Endgame BLM Gear: ADVANCED PLAYERS -itchblm
The ultimate guide for all you min/maxing power players.
Max Possible Stat Equipment List for a 75 Black mage -itchblm
Actually, THIS is for all you min/maxing twinking phreaks.
Section Three: What Every Black Mage Should Know...Your Stats
Your Stats and How They Affect you (Facts from Theories) -Sloppysue
I wrote this with the average player in mind. I hope it's clear enough.
Our Primary Stats and How They Affect Damage -Elmoreb
This goes much more in depth, and shows the damage formula.
The Revised Damage Formula -Sloppysue
As good as Elmoreb's post is, we've learned some things about the damage formula since there. This is me adding to it what we've learned.
Elemental Theory 101 -Pensive
Mmm...oops. I was supposed to add this months ago. Its great and full of useful information, make sure to read it!
Conserve MP - Progenitor
First glance at this elusive stat.
Passive Ability Details for Conserve MP
Read some of the comments in here, some great information on the ability.
Conserve mp and Conserve mp gear (Test results)-SirJac
Very recent info on the subject. Well done tests.
Testing Conserve MP: some results, and request for more data -MargavineLiselle
Excellent information, and not from a Black Mage!
Section Four: A Treatise On Magic of The Ancients
Ancient MB and Efficiency -SiddAlex
A fair and technical look at the efficiency of Ancient Magic.
Tips for an Effective AM-MB -VirAphelion
If you're going to do it, do it right.
Section Five: Black Mage Only spells, and their quirks
AE Damage VS Differing Numbers of Targets - Bayler
A pretty old thread I found. Illustrates -ga damage on multiple enemies.
Elemental Enfeebles: A Different Strategy -RydiaJademist
An interesting way to think about our Enfeebles. I suggest reading it.
A guide to the elemental enfeebles(Shock, Burn, ect.) -Onionsoldier
A good guide to enfeebles that clears up some of the most commonly asked questions on the forum.
Elemental Enfeeble Misconceptions? -Nivlakian
Some good footwork by Nivlakian. To sum it up:
The stat reduction from Elemental Enfeebles does not wear off gradually.
Abusing Tractor -Bisquick
What's the point of power if you can't abuse it once in a while?
I'm stupid for not knowing this before, but good tip... -Sloppysue
Something interesting I found out about sleep, a year too late.
I'm stupid for not knowing this before, but good tip...Pt II -DuracellPheonix
Duracell keeps contributing with this good tip about Escape.
Sleepga II: A guide -Omalika
Do you want Sleepga II, but don't want to deal with exorbitant AH inflation to get it? This is the guide for you!
Section Six: Those Wonderful, Powerful, Expensive Pieces of Crap
Elemental Staves & Resists -CevanCerberus
The first real test I've seen on the subject that gives evidence towards staves effecting resists.
Elemental Staves, Damage, and You -Taaniel
One of the first useful threads I found on the subject.
Elemental Staves, a Break Down -Scrow
Very helpful link, laying out the hidden benefits of the staves.
Clear Up Elemental Staves, Resistance -Dassureth
Lots of information in here. Nivlakian finds something out about the bonus damage.
Dark Staff, Sleep Experiment -Telesis
Bet you didn't see this coming...
How to skill your staff skill solo from 0-215 -Troille
Sadly, this thread is no longer relevant. I'm keeping it here just because Troille deserves props for his contributions.
Section Seven: Die, Old Man, Die.
Beat Maat Guide (Level 70 Cap) -hccmike
One of the first good Maat Guides I found.
How I defeated Maat: A Black Mage Testimony -Rison
The best Maat Guide I found.
How not to beat Maat - Now with 100% more video! -Ryotu
Have you been beating Maat too often? Check this out!
Section Eight: Technical **** (AKA The Start of it All)
Nuke HP/MP Efficiency Study -Bayler
The trend setter. This got the ball rolling.
INT and You! -Sloppysue
My first attempt at statistical methods with video games.
Watch me jump to all sorts of conclusions.
INT and You, my results -Progenitor
Another useful and often quoted study.
Elemental Skill and you -Progenitor
Definitely proof that Elemental Skill doesn't affect damage.
Also evidence of it's effects on resistance.
Magic Damage Explained? -Progenitor
The first appearance of the damage formula on these forums.
Section Nine: Appendix
Psychological Profile of a Black Mage -OmegaManOne
This is a fun post by OMO, give it a read over if you want to be entertained.
Future BLM additions? (videos + pics) -Alamine
There haven't been enough inane threads about this lately.
Galka Shooter Flash Game!!
I guess this one is out of action. I kept the link because now there are other games on the site.
Right click on the window and select Play to give it whirl.
[/Yellow]The life of of air elemental -Onionsoilder[/Yellow]
An interesting thread with stories in it. Give it a read ;)
ARCANE KNOWLDGE CONTAINED WITHIN. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
And that's all I have. I hope you enjoy, and above all, find it useful. Let me know if you feel a link should be added or taken out.
EDIT1: Ollorin's AF Walkthrough added! How did I miss that?
EDIT2: Added Duracell's Equipment Guide and a Conserve MP study.
EDIT3: Added Elemental Weakness List.
EDIT4: Added Level Area Guide, General BLM guide, and changed some flavor text.
EDIT5: Added Cesiums equipment guide.
EDIT6: Added a Staff Skilling tip.
EDIT7: Added Nivlakians useful thread on Enfeebles.
EDIT8: Added a flavorful psych profile by OMO, and a Manaburn guide. I also added Fqwghads spell list a while ago...
EDIT9: Added two new tips in Section 5
EDIT10: Added a Dynamis thread.
EDIT11: Added a Dynamis guide, and ENM60 guide.
EDIT12: Added a thread that shows staves effect resists.
EDIT13: Added Uggilepih Pendant thread, an enfeeb guide, and a humorous Maat guide.
EDIT14: Been a while, but I finally added the requested threads!
EDIT15: Added Sleepga II guide!
EDIT16: Added some stuff. Look for the cool smiley.
EDIT17: WOW! The Tome EXPLODED. That took a while to fix. Oh, added more stuff.
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