Final Fantasy XIV has a diverse set of classes/jobs and it can sometimes be overwhelming to choose one. All in all, there is a total of 15 jobs in FFXIV, two of which are part of the Stormblood expansion, meaning you’ll have to cough up more than just FFXIV Gil to get it. While you can play all of them on a single character, it’s best if you just stick to a main one if you’re a beginner. That being said, it’s not an easy decision seeing how you’re surrounded with all these choices and possibilities. In preparation for your journey, we’re going to go over the best jobs for beginners who especially want to earn tons of FFXIV currency. Hopefully, you’ll get you a better idea what they’re about when it’s all said and done.
Back to Basics
FFXIV is an MMORPG that has a holy-trinity class system, meaning that the classes are divided into three roles which you can choose from: Tanks, Healers, and Damage Dealers (DPS). The job of the tank is to make sure the only person in the party that’s primarily soaking up all the damage is him/her. The healer’s role is to keep everyone alive with their healing spells. Finally, the DPS gets to hog the fun part of dishing out damage to monsters. What makes the class system of FFXIV so unique is that you first start out as a “Base Class” from which you can evolve into your chosen “job” once you hit level 30. And with that, here are the best classes within the three roles:
The Paladin is a moderate HP tank that has unmatched physical damage mitigation thanks to its shield. Paladins often make use of many abilities that reduce the damage they take. They even have a move which allows you to directly take physical damage for another party member! All Paladins have two stances: Sword Oath and Shield Oath. The Shield Oath Stance buffs your defenses while lowering your attack strength and the Sword Oath stance increases the damage of your auto attacks. When a Paladin is at a higher level, it gets a considerably strong healing spell that it can use on itself or its allies. The Paladin is an extremely resilient, capable of living through a deluge of damage-dealing hits using an array of defensive abilities. In conclusion, the Paladin is an all-around solid choice for a tank and is also considered to be a great beginner job since it’s easy to play in the later levels.
White Mage (Healer)
Being the healerentails a chunk of responsibility. Thus, becoming a White Mage is the best way to fulfill that role. The White Mage is a speedily reactive healer and has the best raw heals in the game. White Mages have an arsenal of HP regeneration abilities, making them the go-to class if all you want to do is keep everyone alive or resurrect them. White Mages have a limited supply of MP, so perfecting your MP management is the key here. Don’t be fooled into thinking that healing is all a White Mage can do though, because they can also deal a decent amount of burst damage. All in all, the White Mage is the best direct healer in the game. Equipped with powerful heals, you are going to be the backbone of any successful group should you choose to become one.
DPS is the most commonly played role in FFXIV and with good reason as well. If you’re not really a fan of the burdens of responsibility, then the Monk is the perfect choice for you. It is a fast melee DPS class that revolves around quick movements and attacks. The Monk can sustain a high amount of DPS on a single target and does the best AoE damage out of all melee DPS. When it comes to offense, most of the Monk’s attacks are positional, meaning you have to move yourself to the back or side of the enemy to deal more substantial damage or trigger certain effects that you would not normally get when attacking enemies head on. Besides picking this job simply because you like punching things, you’ll really enjoy your time playing as a Monk if you favor fast-paced technical melee classes.
And that’s about it for the best classes for beginners to get into. Once you’ve amassed a ton of FFXIV Giland leveled up to 30, it’s ultimately up to you to decide which class you want to pick. Whether it is for farming up on FFXIV currency or for the endgame, we hope our guide has helped you discover what you’re looking for as you start out in FFXIV.