Very few things in MMORPGs get people more excited than new classes. Although many groaned that the latest class/job to be announced, Rogue and Ninja, would be yet another damage dealer, you know that there will be hordes of people swarming the Rogue’s Guild come patch 2.4. The long awaited tank and healing classes will have to wait until the expansion. Instead of sitting around waiting for Square Enix to tell us what they are, let’s engage in a bit of fun speculation, because, well, who doesn’t love to speculate?
This week we will take a look at the tank jobs. I’m going to discuss and rate the chances of a lot of the popular ideas I have seen being tossed around on the around the internet while throwing in a couple of my own ideas as well. The next edition of Chocobo Diaries two weeks from now will be focused on the new healing classes.
A couple of notes before we begin. First, we’ll be sticking to jobs that currently already exist in the Final Fantasy universe. It is very possible that SE might come up with something completely new, they have done it before in Final Fantasy XI with the Puppetmaster and Runefencer classes. However, since that is too unpredictable, let’s try and figure out which of the classic Final Fantasy jobs would fit in best with Final Fantasy XIV.
Second, we will be sticking to just the job and not the class. For those that are unfamilar, players select a class that eventually becomes a more specialized job. For example, in order to become a Paladin, one must have the Gladiator class and the Conjurer class leveled up to a certain point. Since jobs are what are used in endgame and are so far are made up of those classic FF jobs (White Mage, Black Mage, and Warrior for example are all Jobs), we will just be focusing on those, especially since SE has been flirting with the idea of redoing how classes work anyway.
Finally, I will be rating each job from 1 through 5, with a 1 meaning that particular job has very little to no chance of being added and a 5 being as close to a lock as possible without a firm confirmation. Ok everyone ready? Let’s start with a Final Fantasy mainstay that has probably received the most buzz…