- This article is about Black Mage's appearance in Super Smash Flash 2. For general information about the character, see Black Mage.
|Black Mage |
in Super Smash Flash 2
Black Mage's official artwork.
|Final Smash||Warriors of Light|
Black Mage is a newcomer starter character in Super Smash Flash 2. Black Mage is the first bonus character to appear in SSF2, as his appearance was not slated for the game's initial planification. His sprites are custom-made and based on his appearance in FINAL FANTASY. He mainly uses devastating black magic to combat his opponents, but as an extra, he also uses Blue Magic, as seen in his "Goblin Punch" and "Chocobo Kick" attacks.
Black Mage is ranked 39th on the tier list. Black Mage is one of the best edge guarders in the game due to the large variety of tools he can use to cover almost any attempt to guard break him. He has good range with several disjointed attacks, powerful combos a solid aerial game, including an excellent damage-racking potion in his neutral aerial, and a very strong grab game; he also possesses a command grab with a large range that can hit most downed opponents, and a variety of KO moves in his forward smash, up smash, dash attack, back aerial, down aerial (when the meteor smash is active), forward and back throws and Haste. Black Mage has the unique ability to change the form of his smash attacks by fully charging them, effectively increasing their range and even turning two of them into projectiles. Lastly, he can use Stop to stop the opponent in place for a while, making them vulnerable to kill-confirms, and even reflect a projectile.
However, Black Mage has a rather weak neutral game due to his over-reliance on forward aerial, forward tilt, forward smash, and back aerial. Similarly, most of his finishers are rather slow and his combos, while dealing a lot of damage, are easy to drop, giving him a steeper learning curve due to a greater emphasis on precision and reading the opponent. Black Mage has only average mobility overall, allowing faster characters such as Captain Falcon and Fox to outpace him. Moreover, he has difficulty fighting against characters with greater reach than his or those possessing lots of disjointed hitboxes that outrange him, such as Lloyd and Donkey Kong. Black Mage is also brought down by his recovery, which covers a long distance, but is very predictable and easy to gimp, as he is effectively open to attacks until he gets his teleport into place. He also has below average accelerated falling speed, which allows him to be KO'd vertically early.
Though his strengths are not to be underestimated, his learning curve is steep and only players who have truly mastered the character can use him effectively. Black Mage's array of problems have only become increasingly more apparent as the meta has developed. He also has disadvantageous matchups against most of the higher-ranked characters, keeping him out of higher tiers.
- 1 Attributes
- 2 Moveset
- 3 Changes from v0.9a
- 4 In competitive play
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Trivia
Black Mage uses devastating black magic in his attacks. Black Mage is a medium-weight character with below average accelerated falling speed, who has good range in most of his attacks with many of them having disjointed range. He has KO moves in his forward and up smash, dash attack (which grants him Super Armor), forward throw, back throw, back air, down air, and Haste. His fully-charged smash attacks cover great distances, for instance, his down smash makes it difficult for opponents to land or can force them into the air or into shield, setting them up to be grabbed or walled out with forward aerials; his forward smash is a large projectileand is great for making it difficult for opponents to recover, as well as also being an outstanding kill move and combo tool; as for his up smash, it has great potential to KO opponents early off the ceiling of the stage and has impressive vertical range that can even hit opponents on the top platforms of Battlefield or Galaxy Tours. Black Mage has good priority and reach in his aerials giving him a solid aerial game with his neutral aerial being an outstanding combo starter, forward aerial being a good combo extender and approach tool, back aerial being an excellent combo extender and kill move, up aerial being useful for juggles, and down aerial having great potential to kill opponents early especially when sweetspotted
Black Mage is one of the best edgeguarders in the game and his guard is hard to break. Black Mage can use Stop to freeze and reflect projectiles giving him a way to nullify most characters projectile camping; it also paralyzes his opponents who come in contact leaving them open(depending on how long stop has been charged). Ironically, he himself also suffers from being easy to edgeguard, and being offstage is a very disadvantageous position for Black Mage to be in especially against characters with great edge games such as Lloyd.
Black Mage has a good grab game, despite possessing the seventh shortest grab in the current demo. His down throw can potentially chain into itself and set up tech chases, two kill throws in his forward throw and back throw, and his up throw being a good combo starter; he also possesses a command grab with a large range that can hit most downed opponents. He is also able to chain grab with his down throw at low percents and can allow him to rack up a lot of damage on his opponent. His up throw can be a good combo starter. His forward and back throw can kill at high percentages and his forward throw can set up his excellent edge guarding ability.
However, Black Mage suffers from average mobility which allows characters with better mobility to rush him down. (ex. Captain Falcon and Fox). Even with having a pseudo wavedash; due to Black Mage's high traction it is very short and not very useful for mobility.
Warp, although giving him a long recovery, is easily predictable because the opponent knows where he is going to land based on the green circle, and can punish him easily for recovering.
He has problems dealing with characters who can really camp him out and Stop can only reflect one projectile on one side at a time. A prime example of this would be Fox's Blaster; Fox's Blaster is fast, can be spammed, covers a good distance and does not make the opponent flinch so even when reflected it will not deter Fox from projectile camping Black Mage. Also combined with his poor mobility gives him less options on how to prevent camping.
Black Mage also has low accelerated falling speed, which makes him more susceptible to getting KO'd off the top boundary than most characters. He also has problems dealing with characters who posses better range and high priority attacks.
|Standard attack||N/A||Throws a right-handed jab, followed by a left-handed jab.||2%|
|Forward tilt||N/A||Swings his staff downards in front of him.||8%|
|Up tilt||Goblin Punch||Enlarges his fist, turning it green, and punches above himself in an arc.||9%|
|Down tilt||N/A||Does a low stab with a knife.||7%|
|Dash attack||Petrify||Turns himself to stone before falling on the floor. Slow, but very powerful and grants him super armor when he petrifies himself.||14%|
|Forward smash||Thundara||Uncharged: Fires a bolt of lightning directly in front of him. Strong but slow.||14%|
|Fully charged: Creates a pillar of lightning that advances across the entire stage. Very good range and high damage, but it counts as a projectile, and thus can be reflected.||20%|
|Up smash||Fira||Uncharged: Performs a rising fiery uppercut, similar to traditional fighters' dragon punches. A powerful finisher.||15%|
|Fully charged: Creates two pillars of fire on either side that move towards him, creating a bigger flame when they collide. Due to the multi-hit properties of the hits before the last one, the farther the opponent is, the more damage the attack will deal.||1%|
|Down smash||Blizzara||Uncharged: Creates ice crystals on the floor adjacent to him, freezing enemies on hit.||9%|
|Fully charged: Creates ice crystals that travel along the floor until they reach an edge.||3%|
|Neutral aerial||N/A||Spins around in a large fireball. Low knockback and very good for racking up damage.||2%|
|Forward aerial||Chocobo Kick||Turns one his legs into a Chocobo leg and kicks forwards. It can be used to pseudo wavedash.||9%|
|Back aerial||N/A||Stabs behind him with a knife. It is a powerful semi-spike.||9%|
|Up aerial||Flood||Fires a stream of water upwards. It is good for juggling.||10%|
|Down aerial||Death||Swipes downwards in an arc with a scythe. It meteor smashes if it connects on the lowest point. If it connects a late hit when the scythe flashes red, Death will appear hovering near the opponent for about three seconds before striking, serving as a powerful meteor smash as well. This makes it useful for combos.||6%|
|Grab||N/A||Reaches out with one hand.||N/A|
|Pummel||N/A||Stabs opponent with a knife.||1%|
|Forward throw||Aero||Creates a small tornado to lift the opponent up, then hurls them forward. It launches horizontally with strong knockback.||1%|
|Back throw||Quake||Causes a pillar of earth to jut out of the ground, hitting the opponent. Like forward throw, it has high knockback and can KO at high percents.||8%|
|Up throw||1000 Needles||Changes his hat into a Cactuar and pelts the opponent with a stream of needles. Low knockback, making it a good combo starter and can chain-grab fastfallers.||1%|
|Down throw||Bio||Poisons the opponent with his staff, dealing damage over time.||1%|
|Floor attack||Swings his staff on both sides, starting in front of him then his back.||5%|
|Ledge attack||Hits forward with his staff and he climbs backs.||8%|
|Standard special move||Stop||Creates a clock-esque circle around him that paralyzes opponents and reflects projectiles. Can be charged for longer stun.||N/A|
|Side special move||Haste||Casts a spell that traps the opponent in a series of quick combos with his staff and fists, sending them flying with the last blow. A powerful finisher, but has huge lag if missed and it requires good spacing to land it, as the grabbox only covers the glowing spot.||1%|
|Up special move||Warp||Conjures a small green ring that can be slightly controlled. Teleports to the green ring if the button is released or max distance is reached.||N/A|
|Down special move||Meteor||Summons a meteor which can be charged, making it both bigger and stronger. It moves in a diagonal downwards path when released, causing an explosion if it collides with something, and it can be angled by pressing up or down||5-14%|
|Final Smash||Warriors of Light||Calls forth a White Mage, a Warrior and a Thief as they execute a barrage of spells and attacks on the trapped opponents.||76%|
|On-screen appearance||Gets chosen from a list of FINAL FANTASY classes and jumps onto the arena. Based on the character creation screen from the original FINAL FANTASY.|
|Taunts||Standard||Spins and raises a hand into the air while some fanfare from the FINAL FANTASY victory theme plays.|
|Side||Faces front towards the camera, then raises his arms victoriously.|
|Down/Up||Plays the FINAL FANTASY theme on a lute. If under the effect of a Metal Box, however, a metal remix of the FINAL FANTASY victory theme plays.|
|Idle pose||Wipes his nose.|
|Victory theme||A remix of the victory theme from the FINAL FANTASY series.|
|Victory pose||Jumps onto his floating scepter and folds his arms while a large red, yellow, green, or blue crystal orbits around him; the color varies depending on which player slot the Black Mage was in.|
Changes from v0.9a
- Main article: Black Mage (Super Smash Flash 2)/Changelog
Black Mage has received a mix of buffs and nerfs. Black Mage benefits from the lower hitstun due to being less susceptible to combos while being able to combo like last demo. Black Mage is seen as a more effective character.
- Dash attack does more knockback.
- Fully charged up smash is stronger.
Grab and throws
In competitive play
Tier placement history
Initially, Black Mage was considered to be the best character in the game upon his introduction in demo v0.7, due to his disproportionately strong attacks and high kill power. However, in the weeks that followed, he was severely nerfed, causing him to fall to the bottom of the tier list. In demo v0.9a, he finally crawled out of the low tiers due to a number of buffs he received. In demo v0.9b, he was initially seen as a very strong character, placing 8th overall. However, as the meta progressed, his flaws became increasingly more visible, causing him to fall six places, from the top to the bottom of A Tier.
In Super Smash Flash 2 Beta, Black Mage has fallen from his place as a mid-tier character from 0.9b, now ranking 31st on the tier list out of 39, placing him in the middle of C+ tier just above Sonic and Bandana Dee and being a low-tier. Despite the buffs he received, Black Mage is still hindered by the changes to the metagame, and is currently 39th out of 40 characters, causing him to be a bottom tier character again.
- Black Mage is the only character whose fully charged smash attacks are different from his non-charged smash attacks.
- Black Mage could be unlocked in demo v0.7 by playing 10 battles on Brawl mode, then beating him in a duel on Chaos Shrine. Doing this also unlocked the latter stage.
- However, there was also a glitch that could be performed to unlock him earlier, which was done by setting the computer in the player 3 slot to Lloyd and the player playing as Kirby; going to the Tower of Salvation stage, the player must use Inhale on Lloyd and then spit him out, which resulted in Lloyd being trapped in the Star form. The player then must self-destruct until they ran out of stocks, and then would be able to fight and unlock Black Mage.
- Black Mage, along with Falco, Lucario, Marth, Isaac, Sonic, and Mega Man are the only characters so far who wear their default costumes in Team Battle when they are on the blue team.
- Black Mage and Mega Man are the only characters so far whose normal attacks act as projectiles. In Black Mage's case, his fully charged forward smash.