Final Fantasy fans rejoice – it is not often that a great FF-themed skin comes up, but today, Devil_in_Person has provided us with a fantastic 1.8 reboot of the glorious Black Mage skin!
This image of the black mage is somewhat obscured in Final Fantasy’s history, as it only appears in certain titles (IX, Tactics, Chocobo’s Dungeon, and some others). In case you are not familiar with it, here is some fanart that Devil based the skin off of:
While this art is not necessarily 100% faithful to the original black mage, it is immediately recognizable as such. The skin translates the detail from the reference image very well, which certainly helps matters. The only difference in terms of detail, really, is in the trim of the clothes; in the reference it is black, which adds some nice contrast to the otherwise mostly monochromatic clothing.
Looking at this skin as a purely original creation and not taking into account its reference material, it is still a great skin. The shading, while somewhat conservative in key areas due to density of detail, is still well thought out and gives the character a true three dimensional feeling. The use of layering is what really makes this skin pop – quite literally.
I award Devil and the Black Mage skin nine out of ten original translation Greatest Hits Playstation copies of Final Fantasy Tactics.
Installing the Skin
For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net. Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.
For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:
Download the skin’s .png file;
Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.
Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.
Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.
Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.
Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).
Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.
Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.
Which version of the “black mage” is your favorite? I personally love the classic one which appears in Chocobo’s Mysterious Dungeon. Post yours in the comments below!