Classes and Jobs in FFXIV

The traditional job system of the Final Fantasy series received quite an overhaul in Final Fantasy XIV. Each character now starts with a basic class - a specialist in a type of weapons - before branching into a specialized job or two at level 30. Classes are divided into four Disciplines, depending on their area of strength, and jobs are divided into the two Disciplines capable of fighting. In addition to classes, there are also special advanced jobs that start at level 30 or 50 directly and have no connected class, as well as special solo-aimed jobs.

Classes and jobs can choose to use several from a list of role abilities, expanding their class or job's repertoire with some basic utilities. Of special note is also the interaction between classes and jobs. A basic job always shares the level of its base class (the one required to be at level 30 to unlock that job), and any experience gained while on a job goes towards leveling the base class.

You can play all classes and jobs in the game on any one character. The Armoury system that enables this is unlocked via the level 10 class quest.

The classes have been available in Final Fantasy XIV since the beginning, right from the launch of version 1.0. They are divided into the Disciples of War and Magic, capable of fighting, the Disciples of the Hand capable of crafting and the Disciples of the Land capable of gathering resources.

Jobs were a late addition to version 1.x, and have of late completely overshadowed the classes in terms of fighting ability. Most jobs require one main class to level 30 to unlock. However, there are also advanced jobs of two kinds. Both these require at least one class at level 50 to unlock. The regular advanced jobs require an expansion pack registered. They do not start at level 1, but are at a higher level from the start. The solo-focused advanced jobs cannot normally join duties, and have special job-specific activities available.

Disciples of War

Disciples of War (ファイター [fighter] in Japanese) are the physical fighters of Eorzea. They wield traditional (ie physical) weapons. They're divided into three basic types: those that rely on the STR stat (melee DD), those that rely on DEX (mostly ranged DD), and those that rely on mostly VIT (tanks).

Class Role Jobs Japanese name
Archer (ARC) Physical Ranged DD Bard 弓術士 [kyuujutsushi]
Gladiator (GLD) Tank Paladin 剣術士 [kenjutsushi]
Lancer (LNC) Physical Melee DD Dragoon 槍術士 [soujutsushi]
Marauder (MRD) Tank Warrior 斧術士 [fujutsushi]
Pugilist (PGL) Physical Melee DD Monk 格闘士 [kakutoushi]
Rogue (ROG)* Physical Melee DD Ninja 双剣士 [soukenshi]
Job Role Unlocking/Notes Japanese name
Bard (BRD) Physical Ranged DD
ARC 吟遊詩人 [ginyuu shijin]
Dark Knight (DRK) Tank HW, starts lv30 暗黒騎士 [ankoku kishi]
Dragoon (DRG) Physical Melee DD LNC 竜騎士 [ryuukishi]
Gunbreaker (GBR) Tank SBR, starts lv60 ガンブレイカー [gunbreaker]
Machinist (MCH) Physical Ranged DD
HW, starts lv30 機工士 [kikoushi]
Monk (MNK) Physical Melee DD PGL モンク [monk]
Ninja (NIN) Physical Melee DD ROG 忍者 [ninja]
Paladin (PLD) Tank GLA ナイト [knight]
Samurai (SAM) Physical Melee DD SB, starts lv50 侍 [samurai]
Warrior (WAR) Tank MRD 戦士 [senshi]

*While most classes can be picked from the start, Rogue forms an exception. It is an advanced class that can only be changed into after reaching level 10 and unlocking the armoury system.

In addition to the above, a guild for the Musketeer (銃術士 [juujutsushi] in Japanese) class has been in the game since the beginning, but it hasn't been implemented1. At the very start of version 1.0 the class Sentinel (SEN, 盾術士 [junjutsushi]) also existed. However, it was a supplementary class that merely provided additional abilities to classes that could equip shields, and was removed quickly. Is abilities were subsequently fused into Gladiator's ability list.

Disciples of Magic

Disciples of Magic (ソーサラー [sorcerer] in Japanese) depend on various fields of magic to hinder and wound their opponents as well as enhance and heal their allies. They wield various staff- and rod-like weapons that enhance the abilities of their minds. They are divided into two types: those that rely on the INT stat (magical DD), and those that rely on MND and PIE (healers).

Class Role Jobs Japanese name
Arcanist (ACN) Magical Ranged DD
巴術士 [hajutsushi]
Conjurer (CNJ) Healer White Mage 幻術士 [genjutsushi]
Thaumaturge (THM) Magical Ranged DD Black Mage 呪術士 [jujutsushi]
Job Role Unlocking/Notes Japanese name
Astrologian (AST) Healer HW, starts lv30 占星術師 [senseijutsushi]
Black Mage (BLM) Magical Ranged DD THM 黒魔道士 [kuromadoushi]
Blue Mage (BLU) Magical Ranged DD
Requires lv 50 青魔道士 [aomadoushi]
Red Mage (RDM) Magical Ranged DD SB, starts lv50 赤魔道士 [akamadoushi]
Scholar (SCH) Healer
ACN 学者 [gakusha]
Summoner (SMN) Magical Ranged DD
ACN 召喚士 [shoukanshi]
White Mage (WHM) Healer CNJ 白魔道士 [shiromadoushi]

Disciples of Hand

Disciples of Hand (クラフター [crafter] in Japanese) are the crafters of Eorzea, and provide the citizens and adventurers with all that they need, from food and medicine to armor and weapons. While regular leveling can be done to max level in all classes, you can only pick up to three classes to specialize in. The sub-skill Desynthesis (as opposed to Synthesis=crafting) also has limitations on leveling it.

Class Products Japanese name
Alchemist (ALC) Potions, Books, Staves, Materials 錬金術師 [renkinjutsushi]
Armorer (ARM) Heavy Armor, Tools, Furniture 甲冑師 [kacchuushi]
Blacksmith (BSM) Weapons, Tools, Materials 鍛冶師 [kajishi]
Carpenter (CRP) Staves, Furniture, Materials 木工師 [mokkoushi]
Culinarian (CUL) Food, Bait 調理師 [chourishi]
Goldsmith (GSM) Accessories, Rods, Materials 彫金師 [choukinshi]
Leatherworker (LTW) Light Armor, Accessories, Materials 革細工師 [kawazaikushi]
Weaver (WVR) Light Armor, Materials 裁縫師 [saihoushi]

Disciples of Land

Disciples of Land (ギャザラー [gatherer] in Japanese) are an easily ignored portion of the society, but no less needed for that. They gather in one way or another the raw materials required to make everyday items necessary for living.

Class Products Japanese name
Botanist (BTN) Lumber, Plants, Raw Food, Small Critters 園芸師 [engeishi]
Fisher (FSH) Fish, Small Critters, Corals, Water Plants 漁師 [ryoushi]
Miner (MIN) Ores, Raw Jewels, Bones 採掘師 [saikutsushi]

In addition to the above, the 1.x versions of the game included a guild for the Shepherd class (牧獣師 [bokujuushi] in Japanese). However, it was never implemented as a class and all traces of it have been removed from the game as of version 2.0.

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