It came out at the same time as Zilart. You could kinda say 'with' it.. but you didn't need the expansion to unlock the job.
Any word/Speculation on Summoning Magic?
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The Arcanist is a pet based class that starts out with Carbuncle (a caster-type dps pet) and focuses on multiple Damage-over-Time (DoT) based spells and a spell system based on stacks of Aetherflow. Once you activate your Aetherflow, the buff lasts until used. It initially gives you a percentage of your MP back and a certain number of stacks (depending on your Arcanist level). You use these stacks to cast strong spells; the first of which deals damage while absorbing some of the damage as HP and MP. Another attack spreads the effects of your class-based DoT spells to all surrounding enemies and has a chance to lengthen the duration of the effects to maximum. The class also gets a healing spell and a resurrection that can be used in combat. The arcanist then gets Topaz Carbuncle (a tank-type pet) and becomes pretty much the best class for soloing once you unlock Topaz. I was completing the hunting logs quite easily while still in the early levels of the tiers (even solo chaining things 7-8 levels ahead of me)
Starting at level 30 Arcanist you can unlock Summoner (with Thaumaturge level 15) and/or Scholar (with Conjurer level 15) by going to your class guild master. After doing an initial quest you will then have to go see your new Job trainer every 5 levels and no longer get quests from your class trainer. The Summoner job trainer is in a secluded path in Gridania while the Scholar job trainer can be found in the Marauder's guild.
The Summoner gets weaker versions of the primals (called <name>-Egi; for example Ifrit-Egi) that you subdue during the Job quests (initially starting with Ifrit, then gaining access to Titan and Garuda). Ifrit is a fire-based (duh!) melee-type dps class, that can be summoned along with Emerald and Topaz Carbunny. Titan replaces Topaz Carbuncle as the tank pet, and is a great deal better at holding aggro and soaking damage. Garuda then replaces Emerald Carbuncle as the caster-type dps pet.
The Scholar loses the ability to summon Carbuncle right off the bat and instead gains two different fairies. Summon 1 (which replaces Emerald Carbuncle) summons a healing fairy, while Summon 2 (which replaces Topaz Carbuncle) summons a healing/support fairy. Eos (the healing fairy) focuses on healing (getting a targeting heal as well as an AoE heal), buffing magic defense (to help replace the White Mage's buffed up Protect) and buffing caster damage/healing. Selene (the support fairy) gets the focus healing, but a targeted silence replaces the AoE heal. She also gets two abilities that cannot be used if the other is active that either boosts spell speed or skill speed.
Next post I will talk about building and how to use each.
This post has been edited by SlopOrion: 02 September 2013 - 12:48 PM
Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:11 PM
Arcanist: Both Jobs of the Arcanist are based of INT (yes even Scholar uses INT instead of MND to determine its heals), and because of the use of Aetherflow to restore MP (through both the use of the initial buff, and the ability to restore MP through the draining spell) Piety seems to be fairly useless. Initial theory (as well as experience from Min-Maxing in other MMOs) would indicate that stacking INT would far outvalue any gains from dipping points into Piety.
Summoner: The use of which pet (Garuda or Ifrit) would more than likely depend on the situation at hand. Bosses do a lot of placement attacks would be better for Ifrit, while bosses that do cone/circle attacks would be better for Garuda. I haven't done any parsing with having pets using their abilities or using them myself, but I'd imagine not much difference for now (maybe in endgame raiding there will be a noticeable difference, but they seem pretty good at using their abilities thus far).
The main abilities of the Summoner are their DoT spells and their use of Aetherflow moves. One of their attacks deals damage based on the amount of DoT effects on the target (Bio, Bio II, and Miasma) so can do up to a potency of 300 (which is ridiculous). I have made it a point to keep Thunder and Surecast from Blackmage, in order to keep another DoT effect up and be able to keep my DoTs up even while moving (only Bio is an instant cast).
Scholar: The use of pet probably depends on your group makeup. For example, if you are in a well split up group (tank, healer, skill dps, caster dps) using Eos and dpsing would probably be more beneficial as only 2/4 of the team will get a useful buff from Selene. However, if you have an unbalanced group (tank, healer, and a two caster/two skill dps) Selene might be the better choice as 3/4 of the party will be buffed. In lower level dungeons, you can actually get by with using Eos and going full blown dps. There have been plenty of dungeons I've ran with FC members where I didn't cast a single heal. With the scholar pets, you might want to think about having the pet on obey, so that you can command when/how to use their main abilities. For example, Eos' likes to use her AoE heal at inopportune moments.
The main abilities of the Scholar are shielding heals (think Discipline Priests in WoW). They get a heal that does a high potency and gives a protective barrier to damage equal to the amount healed (which means even if you over-heal you still get SOME benefit from casting). I like to lead off a fight by casting a heal on the tank pre-pull (you'll regen your MP by the time the actual pull happens and get a nice buff to avoid having to heal and get early threat). You also get an AoE version of this spell (which is nice to top off the party before a choreographed move and prevents some of the damage). You don't get a cleansing (Esuna-type) ability until level 40 (fuck you too Squeenix) and it doesn't have the chance for freecast like Esuna does.
This post has been edited by SlopOrion: 02 September 2013 - 01:14 PM
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